Greek PM appoints new Shipping Minister following cabinet reshuffle

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras lightly rejigged his cabinet on Tuesday ahead of a general election next year.

Tsipras promoted alternate defense minister Fotis Kouvelis by giving him the shipping portfolio. Kouvelis is a prominent figure in Greek politics and a former leader of the Democratic Left party. He replaced Panagiotis Kouroublis at the helm of the Shipping Ministry.

Tsipras kept Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, who steered Greece’s exit from its third bailout, and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, who was instrumental in brokering an accord ending years of dispute with neighboring FYROM over its name. Defense Minister Panos Kammenos also kept his job.

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