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June 26, 2013

Greece government list under Samaras / New Democracy

New Democracy Greece

With the cabinet changes, list of personnel has been made:

Prime Minister:Antonis Samaras

Government Vice-President and Foreign Minister: Evangelos Venizelos

Deputy: Dimitris Kourkoulas

Deputy: Akis Gerontopoulos

Finance Minister: Yannis Stournaras

Alternate: Christos Staikouras

Deputy: Giorgos Mavraganis

Administrative Reform and E-Governance Minister: Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Deputy: Evi Christophilopoulou

Interior Minister: Yiannis Michelakis

Alternate: Leonidas Grigorakos

National Defence Minister: Dimitris Avramopoulos

Alternate: Fofi Genimata

Deputy: Athanasios Davakis

Development and Competitiveness Minister: Costis Hatzidakis

Deputy: Athanasios Skordas

Deputy: Notis Mitarakis

Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister: Michalis Chrysochoidis

Deputy: Michalis Papadopoulos

Environment, Energy & Climate Change Minister: Yiannis Maniatis

Alternate: Stavros Kalafatis

Deputy: Asimakis Papageorgiou

Education and Religious Affairs Minister: Constantinos Arvanitopoulos

Deputy: Kostas Gioulekas

Deputy: Symeon Kedikoglou

Culture and Sports Minister: Panos Panayiotopoulos

Deputy Minister for Sports: Yiannis Adrianou

Labor, Social Security and Welfare Minister: Yiannis Vroutsis

Deputy: Vasilis Kegeroglou

Health Minister: Adonis Georgiadis

Deputy: Antonis Bezas

Deputy: Zeta Makri

Rural Development and Food Minister: Athanasios Tsaftaris

Deputy: Maximos Charakopoulos

Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Minister: Charalambos Athanasiou

Public Order and Citizen Protection Minister: Nikos Dendias

Tourism Minister: Olga Kefalogianni

Merchant Marine Minister: Miltiadis Varvitsiotis

Macedonia-Thrace Minister: Theodoros Karaoglou

State Minister: Dimitris Stamatis

Deputy Minister for Public Radio and Television: Pantelis Kapsis

Government spokesman and Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister: Simos Kedikoglou

The Official New Democracy Web Site Online

New Democracy was founded in 1974 by Konstantinos Karamanlis and the first governmentformed that same year was called the Third Hellenic Republic.

Past Highlights of Samaras Government

November 15, 2013

Hard winter lies ahead for Samaras - Economist

“IT IS the bad-news season,” says an adviser to Antonis Samaras’s struggling coalition government. He means the onset of winter, when cash-strapped Greeks start worrying about the price of heating fuel. A new property tax in next year’s budget, due to be presented to parliament on November 21st, is another headache. Farmers are being asked to pay tax on their landholdings for the first time. Squeezed by five years of austerity, one-third of property owners claim they will be unable to pay up, according to a survey by the Athens chamber of commerce.

Mr Samaras’s centre-right New Democracy party and its junior partner, the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok), narrowly survived a no-confidence vote in the early hours of November 11th. The motion was proposed by Alexis Tsipras, boss of Syriza, a hard-left opposition party, in an attempt to bring a fractious far-left faction of his party on board after he pledged in a speech during a trip to America that, if elected, he would not take Greece out of the euro."

October 1, 2014

Samaras Calls Confidence Vote - Bloomberg

"The move was preemptive because the government expected the opposition to file a no-confidence motion next week, a senior government official said today by phone. It was also designed to demonstrate that the coalition has no plans to call a snap election before the president’s term expires in March, the official said on condition of anonymity in line with policy.

“Polls show that support for the government is weakening and public opinion wants elections,” John Loulis, an Athens-based political analyst and communications strategist, said by phone today. “The move to ask for a confidence vote is an attempt to cluster support from its lawmakers and show that it still commands power.”

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Fox News: Greece's troubled coalition government to call confidence vote

October 11, 2014

Coalition wins confidence vote with own 155 MPs - eKathimerini

"The government breezed through a confidence vote that took place after midnight on Friday as it gained the support of its own MPs but no other members of Parliament.

The final results saw 155 MPs back the coalition, two lawmakers vote "present" and 131 deputies vote against the government.

....SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras insisted that the government would soon be removed from power as it would be unable to elect a president in February."

December 16, 2014

Fear again haunts the eurozone -

"There is concern that populists will come to power, and that political instability will exacerbate fear and making it harder still for the development desperately needed in the euro zone.

In this context and with the negotiations on the metamnimoniaki season to continue, Antonis Samaras uses the presidential election as a "vote of confidence" for his government, and Tsipras accusesthe Prime Minister of playing the 'fear card'."


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