New Greek PM Signed In

Antonis Samaras sworn in after deal reached to form government
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2012 7:57 AM CDT
Updated Jun 20, 2012 10:33 AM CDT
Evangelos Venizelos, head of the Socialist PASOK party, leaves after a press conference following his meeting with New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras in Athens, June 20, 2012.   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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(Newser) – New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras was sworn in as Greece's new prime minister today, after his conservative party reached a deal to form a coalition government with the liberal Pasok and Democratic Left parties, CNN reports. "We trust that with God's help we will do all we can to get our people out of the crisis," Samaras said at the ceremony, saying they would begin work tomorrow to bring "tangible hope" to the people. The three parties will control 179 of the 300 seats in Parliament, giving them a wide majority over Greece's Syriza party, which took second place in the weekend election.

The parties also announced that National Bank of Greece chairman Vasilios Rapanos will fill the all-important finance minister post, the Wall Street Journal reports. He'll meet with Samaras and outgoing finance minister Giorgos Zanias later today. But Zanias will still represent Greece at an upcoming eurozone meeting, which Pasok chief Evangelos Venizelos has hailed as "the first big battle on the revision of the bailout agreement," according to the AP.

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