NICOSIA: Cyprus swore in new members of cabinet in a mini reshuffle on Friday, expedited by the departure of a junior partner from the centre-right coalition last month.
President Nicos Anastasiades replaced his defence, education, communications and health ministers.
Three of them were members of the Democratic Party, which quit the year-old coalition last month in protest at the government's plans to re-start peace talks with estranged Turkish Cypriots.
The former communications minister was re-assigned the Defence Ministry.
Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis, responsible for overseeing development of Cyprus's offshore hydrocarbons discoveries, remained in his post. He resigned from the Democratic Party in early March.