New Greek government faces swift early test


July 8, 2019 - 9:57 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister today, a day after his resounding win over left-wing Alexis Tsipras, who led the country through the tumultuous final years of its international bailouts.

Mitsotakis, 51, was elected on a pledge to cut bailout-era taxes and ease draconian budget targets set by Greece’s creditors during the years of financial rescue — commitments that could be put to the test later today in Brussels when finance ministers from across the 19 European Union countries that use the euro currency meet to consider Greece’s ongoing obligations to lenders.

“The people gave us a strong mandate to change Greece, and we will honor that commandment in full,” he said after his swearing-in ceremony at the presidential mansion. 

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