Greece: new government reshuffle in conservative turn

Voridis, founder of ultra-nationalist party, new interior min.

04 January, 16:26

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 4 - The second reshuffle announced in five months by the Greek government of Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis will represent a conservative turn ahead of possible early elections which were originally scheduled to take place in 2023, analysts said on Monday. The new interior minister is Makis Voridis, the founder in the 1990s of an ultra-nationalist party affiliated to the French National Front.

    Voridis was forced in the past to deny that he was an anti-Semite after being accused of having an ''obscure past'' by a member of the Greek Jewish community.

    The new deputy minister for migration is Sofia Voultepsi, who in 2014 called migrants ''disarmed invaders''.

    The new executive will also include the first openly gay minister in Greek government history, the 44-year-old Nicholas Yatromanolakis, deputy minister of culture.

    Premier Mitsotakis enjoys great support in surveys and his New Democracy party is ahead by 15 points over rival Syriza in the polls. According to analysts, he is eyeing early elections to win by a large margin.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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