Greek conservative government sworn in

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Mitsotakis, whose late father, Constantine Mitsotakis, was a conservative prime minister in the early 1990s, has promised to make Greece more business-friendly by lowering taxes and cutting red tape.

As part of those agreements, Greece has pledged to achieve government budget surpluses, before debt costs, of 3.5 percent of GDP for the coming years.

Mitsotakis had barely announced his Cabinet selection Monday evening when Greece's creditors bluntly rejected his calls to ease bailout conditions.

"Commitments commitments. If we break them, reliability is the first thing that breaks down, which leads to a lack of trust and investment, and finally to a lack of growth". Tsipras presided over austerity policies under Greece's third worldwide bailout as it struggled in the global financial crisis. That condition has shackled government spending and, critics say, stifled the country's recovery. "Mitsotakis [has] a strong mandate to implement his policy agenda". Most of the members of the new cabinet who were not candidates in Sunday's elections, are newcomers in politics.

After his swearing-in in Athens' presidential palace, Mitsotakis told press, "Today we get started on the hard work".

Hundreds of conservative supporters braved the summer heat to greet him outside the prime minister's official residence, chanting: "There his is!" In January 2015, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the radical-left Syriza, rode a popular wave against the austerity measures imposed on Athens by the European Union, oligarchs and income inequality, to become president.

The new Cabinet relies heavily on experienced politicians who have served in previous governments, but also includes non-politician technocrats considered experts in their fields.

"We will go ahead with relieving the tax burden on households and businesses", said Staikouras, an economist and engineer who comes to the post with the experience of serving as deputy minister under a previous government during Greece's financial crisis.

A former public order minister under a previous socialist government, Michalis Chrisohoidis, takes the reins of the ministry once again as one of Mitsotakis' non-parliamentary appointees.



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