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New Tsipras government takes oath of office in Greece

AFP , Wednesday 23 Sep 2015
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Leftist Syriza leader and winner of Greek general election Alexis Tsipras is sworn in as prime minister by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (R) during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens, September 21, 2015.(Photo: Reuters)
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The new left-wing government of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took office on Wednesday with a core of returning ministers pledging to restart the country's flagging economy.

In a message to creditors, Tsipras kept the same team that negotiated the country's latest EU bailout but the incoming administration also has to address a burgeoning migration crisis.

Pro-euro Euclid Tsakalotos remains at the finance ministry helm while George Houliarakis, the expert who led the country's rocky bailout negotiations with EU and IMF experts, has been appointed junior finance minister.

The cabinet is largely a carbon copy of the previous government headed by Tsipras, who resigned in August after seven months in office after losing his majority when anti-euro hardliners in his Syriza party quit in anger over the reform-and-rescue deal. 

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