New SYRIZA Cabinet Sworn in at The Presidential Mansion
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
The members of the new government of SYRIZA was voted in before President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Tuesday afternoon at the presidential mansion.
The ceremony was delayed for protocol reasons because of the merging of ministries that had to be approved by the Council of State first. New Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos and two alternate interior ministers - Tasia Christodoulopoulou, for migration policy and Christos Spirtzis, for infrastructure and transport - were not sworn in on Tuesday because the relevant presidential decrees were not ready. They will likely be sworn in on Wednesday.
The to-be ministers took their oaths of office in two groups. First were those who took a religious oath before a representative of the Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece - Independent Greeks (ANEL) party representatives Panos Kammenos, Elena Kountoura, Maria Kollia-Tsarouha, Terens Quick, Panagiotis Sgouridis; as well as Yiannis Panousis, Dimitris Mardas and Panagiotis Nikoloudis.
The second group was sworn in based on a civil oath of office read by President Papoulias and repeated by the rest of the ministers, alternates and deputies. Based on the text, the members of government asserted on their honour and conscience to obey the Constitution and laws of Greece and to serve the general interests of the Greek people.
The whole process was attended by new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and candidate for Parliament president Zoi Constantopoulou and took over half an hour, as all had to sign in afterwards.