Greek PM Ousts Rebels From Government

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras on Friday axed ministers who had rebelled over draconian bailout terms, putting his house in order before a fresh round of tough negotiations with creditors including EU hawk Germany, which greenlit the deal. The most prominent victim was energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, the head of a hardline faction within Tsipras’s party that has demanded the country leave the eurozone. His ally, the deputy minister of defence, was also axed. The reshuffle came just hours after the EU approved a short term 7.16-billion-euro loan to Greece, allowing it to make huge payments as early as next week to its creditors while a new eurozone debt bailout is being hammered out. The Greek prime minister fuelled hopes of a fresh boost to the negotiations after stamping down on a lawmaker mutiny in his radical left Syriza party which had weakened the government and raised fears of early elections. The reshuffle, which saw nine changes overall, replaced the junior ministers of finance and foreign affairs, who had resigned over the bailout deal. The new members of the cabinet were set to be sworn in at a ceremony on Saturday

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