New ministers in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government are sworn in after a reshuffle expelled dissidents from his cabinet and began a new phase of negotiations for a third bailout package. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) New appointments to Greece's cabinet were sworn in on Saturday (July 18) after a reshuffle to replace leftist lawmakers who refused to back negotiations for a tough new bailout deal. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sacked rebels on Friday (July 17), including his former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and two deputy ministers who were among the 39 Syriza hardliners who did not support the government over the measures. The ceremony was presided over by the country's president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, a largely ceremonial role. Although some, including the new Deputy Finance Minister Tryfon Alexiadis, a leading member of Greece's tax experts' union, chose a traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, most Syriza members opted for the civic version.