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Greek PM relinquishes foreign affairs post

February 15, 2019

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has carried out a limited Cabinet reshuffle, relinquishing the foreign minister’s position he held for several months himself, following the successful completion of a deal with the country’s northern neighbor which changed its name to North Macedonia.

Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos on Friday named Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos as the new foreign minister.

Tzanakopoulos said that as the agreement with North Macedonia on the country’s name change had now come into effect, “the prime minister ... no longer deems it necessary to retain the portfolio of the foreign ministry.”

New deputy ministers were also announced for the foreign affairs, labor, infrastructure, migration and Macedonia-Thrace portfolios. A swearing-in ceremony will be held Monday after Tsipras returns from a scheduled visit to Munich.

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