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Cyprus swears in new cabinet members in mini reshuffle

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades arrives for a meeting of an EU summit focused on the common security, Defence policy and Economic and Monetary union, in Brussels on December 19, 2013. ِAFP photo

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.

 

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