New Greek government sworn in, pledges to focus on reforms

Greece, Alexis Tsipras, Greece new government, Greece news, Greek government, greece govt, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends his cabinet’s swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Despite leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras’ policy U-turn, he was re-elected by a wide margin in last weekend’s general election, and again formed a coalition government with a small right-wing party, the Independent Greeks. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece’s new leftist-led coalition government has formally assumed its duties, pledging to enforce creditor-demanded spending cuts and reforms while softening the pain on an austerity-weary population.

Labor Minister George Katrougalos says the new administration elected Sunday has to focus on the reforms that were a key condition for the latest in a series of international bailouts keeping the country afloat.

He spoke after a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ new government, which retained the core of his previous Cabinet with a few tweaks. These included Yiannis Mouzalas, the widely-respected immigration minister in the caretaker government appointed before the elections, who will remain in his post.

Immigration is a key challenge for Greece, which has received more than 260,000 refugees and economic migrants so far this year.

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