Greece’s new government sworn in, confident of beating debt crisis

Athens, Sep 23 (IANS) Greece’s new government that emerged from Sunday’s snap general elections was sworn in on Wednesday at a ceremony held at the presidential mansion here.

Cabinet ministers expressed confidence that the new government led by SYRIZA, coalition of the Radical Left, will lead the country out of the five-year debt crisis in the next four years.

“The condition is there this time to overcome difficulties,” Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragassakis was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

“The new government … will implement its program and we will exit the crisis,” said Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, the leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks party.

Alternate Finance Minister Tryfon Alexiades stressed that all timetables and goals agreed with Greece’s international lenders under the third bailout program sealed this summer will be met.

The agreement on the third bailout program since 2010 led to a party split for SYRIZA and its leader and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras quit in late August and called the early elections.

Tsipras was sworn in as prime minister for a second time in eight months on Monday.

He will chair the first meeting of the new cabinet after returning to Athens from the emergency EU summit on the refugee and migrant crisis that was scheduled for Wednesday in Brussels.

Political analysts and media commentators in Athens noted that the new cabinet includes most of the ministers of the first SYRIZA-ANEL administration formed in January.

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