Greek interim cabinet announced

2015-08-28 17:10

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Athens - Greece's caretaker premier, Vasiliki Thanou, has named the cabinet of her interim government in an announcement on Friday, ahead of snap elections expected in the coming weeks.

The most important positions have been taken on by trusted experts with cross-party backing, Thanou said. The government is due to be sworn in and to meet on Friday afternoon.

The Ministry of Finance is to be led by Giorgos Chouliaraki, who has been a steady player in years of negotiations with Greece's creditors.

Long-serving diplomat Petros Molyviatis, 87, has been named foreign minister.

The cabinet will remain in office until the conclusion of new elections.

Meanwhile former premier Alexis Tsipras edges ahead of his opponents in pre-election polls, with 23% of voters backing his SYRIZA party, according to the left-wing Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper.

The conservative New Democracy party was a close second with 19.5%, while 23% of voters remain undecided.

A rebellion in the ruling SYRIZA party prompted the resignation of Tsipras last week, hours after the debt-stricken country received the first payment from its third bailout in five years.

The SYRIZA party leader said he needed a strong mandate going into talks about further reforms to the economy.

According to the constitution, elections are possible at the earliest 21 days and at the latest 30 days after the formation of an interim government.

The election date is due to be announced by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos Friday afternoon, when he will also issue a decree for the dissolution of parliament.

State broadcaster ERT1 previously reported that the date is likely to be September 20.

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