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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-02-29

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    The new members of the Council of Ministers were sworn in on Friday before President Demetris Christofias, apart from Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou, who will be sworn in on Monday Morning.

    Kyprianou has resigned from the post of European Commissioner and his resignation will apply as soon as his successor is appointed.

    The other new Ministers are Minister of Finance Charilaos Stavrakis, Minister of the Interior Neoclis Sylikiotis, Minister of Defence Costas Papacostas, Minister of Education and Culture Andreas Demetriou, Minister of Communications and Works Nicos Nicolaides, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Michalis Polyniki Charalambides, Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Soteroulla Charalambous, Minister of Justice and Public Order Kypros Chrysostomides, and Minister of Health Christos Patsalides.

    Furthermore, Titos Christophides has been appointed Undersecretary to the President, Stephanos Stephanou Government Spokesman, George Iacovou Commissioner of the Presidency, Charalambos Theopemptou Commissioner for the Environment, and Vassos Georgiou Director of the President`s Office.

    After the swearing in ceremony, President Christofias laid a wreath at the statue of Makarios III in the Presidential Palace court, and the new cabinet gathered at the entrance of the Palace for a photograph, after which the cabinet, under President Christofias, began a ceremonial meeting.


    Cypriot President Demetris Christofias said on Friday that his government was beginning hard work and called on the new members of the Council of Ministers to be consistent with the declarations of the government and never forget that credibility and success were the gamble of the government`s service.

    Addressing the first cabinet meeting after the new Ministers were sworn in, apart from the Minister of Foreign Affairs who will be sworn in on Monday, Christofias thanked and congratulated the new Ministers for accepting his invitation to participate in the government and said that ``as of today we begin hard work.``

    ``You have before you the programme of our government. This is the guiding light and compass for all of us. It must continuously be your constant reference point. The programme binds us to work towards a just solution of the Cyprus problem and a fairer society. If we manage to implement these two fundamental aims, then we will truly inaugurate a new era for our homeland and our people,`` he said.

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