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Greece swears in caretaker cabinet
(08-28 23:00)

Greece's new caretaker government, led by the nation's first female prime minister, was sworn in today and headed straight into a cabinet meeting as the country faces an election next month.
Prime Minister Vassiliki Thanou, a top judge, and her cabinet will lead the country to elections on Sept. 20, following outgoing prime minister Alexis Tsipras' resignation last week. He stepped down after a rebellion by members of his radical-left Syriza party who objected to his agreement with the conditions of Greece's third international bailout.
President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Thanou signed a decree today, the president's office said, officially dissolving Parliament, setting the election for September 20 and the first session of the new Parliament on October 1.
The new cabinet may be in power for less than a month but it will have to oversee the implementation of several of the austerity measures which are conditions of the new bailout.
The critical finance ministry post went to Giorgos Houliarakis, an academic who had been on Greece's negotiating team during talks with creditors, while veteran diplomat Petros Moliviatis was named foreign minister, a position he has held twice in the past including in the last caretaker government in 2012.—AP

   
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