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Tsipras Reshuffles Greek Government


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reshuffled his government on July 17 after overcoming significant dissent within the governing leftist Syriza party over the latest bailout deal.

In an effort to show international creditors that he is in control of his cabinet, Tsipras dismissed ministers who voted against the measures imposed by creditors.

Former Labor Minister Panos Skourletis will become energy minister and replace Panagiotis Lafazanis, one of the hard-line rebels in the Syriza party.

Trifon Alexiadis, a leading member of Greece’s tax experts’ union, is now the new alternate finance minister after Nadia Valavani resigned earlier this week.

The reshuffle comes hours after the European Union approved a short-term loan of 7.16 billion euros ($7.8 billion) for Greece.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters
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