ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Members of Greece’s minority Socialist party have been handed key posts in a cabinet reshuffle following a political crisis over the decision by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to shut state broadcaster ERT.
Evangelos Venizelos, leader of the Socialist Pasok party, was named deputy prime minister in the reshuffle Monday. Venizelos, as finance minister, led tough negotiations in 2011 with its international creditors.
Samaras’ year-old government narrowly avoided collapse after he ordered ERT’s closure on June 11. Coalition member Democratic Left quit the government last week. The two-party government now has a slender majority in parliament; it controls 153 seats of the 300 seats.
Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras remained in his position to push through more austerity measures.