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Greece puts caretaker cabinet in charge

May 17, 2012 at 7:28 AM   |   Comments

ATHENS, Greece, May 17 (UPI) -- The caretaker cabinet tasked with overseeing Greece until new elections next month was sworn in Thursday at the presidential palace in Athens.

Panayiotis Pikrammenos, the former president of the Council of State, was named Wednesday to lead the group as prime minister.

The May 6 elections left the country deeply divided and President Karolos Papoulias announced plans to create a caretaker government after talks on forming a coalition government failed.

Parliament will likely be dissolved next week with new elections expected June 17, ekathimerini.com said.

Economist Giorgos Zannias, a former government adviser, was appointed finance minister while Peter Molyviatis returned to the foreign minister post he held with the New Democracy government.

Think-tank chief Yiannis Stournaras was named development minister and economist Napoleon Maraveyias is the agricultural development minister.

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