ATHENS – Ten weeks after winning election, Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is reportedly planning to make some changes in his Cabinet.
Tsipras is ruling with the help of the marginal Independent Greeks (ANEL) party that has only 13 votes in Parliament, but which he needed when SYRIZA won 149 seats in the Jan. 25 elections, two short of a majority in the 300-member body.
The Premier though has changed his mind and nixed a plan to put the Alternate Citizens’ Protection Ministry under the direction of the Justice Ministry, which had caused some consternation among those affected.
Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis told Parliament that the idea was set aside because of fears that it “might create more problems than they solve.”
An unnamed senior government official to Kathimerini that other changes, including autonomy for the Culture Ministry and a change of faces in the cabinet, are expected after a Eurogroup summit on April 24 in the Latvian capital of Riga, where talks will be held with the country’s creditors.
Panousis told reporters while he was concerned about violent anarchist protests in Athens on April 7 that it was a chronic one.
“There’s been unrest in Exarchia for 40 years now and none of the governments of the current opposition managed to solve the problem,” he said. Police detained 21 people after the clashes, nine of whom were arrested on charges including arson, grievous bodily harm and damaging public property.
Slogans that were spray-painted on walls near Parliament by some of the rioters were erased as City Hall said it’s running out of trash dumpsters, which are regularly burned during protests. Over the past two years, some 2,500 bins have been destroyed.