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Greece: New government is sworn in

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Greece: New government is sworn in


A day after Greece’s new prime minister took his oath of office, the debt-laden country’s coalition government has been formally sworn in.

As ministers made their solemn vows at the ceremony in Athens, it is their promises on the economy that are of chief interest further afield.

The new administration has pledged to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s bailout without endangering its future in the euro. The move is aimed at easing domestic, social tensions linked to austerity but it risks triggering a showdown with Greece’s European partners. They say they will adjust but not re-write the document.

Also including Greece’s PASOK Socialists, the three-party coalition is dominated by the conservative New Democracy party of premier Antonis Samaras. It came first in Sunday’s re-run general election.

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