By Angelos Anastasiou
Former Education Minister Kyriakos Kenevezos has been appointed ambassador to Greece, effective July 1 until the end of the administration’s term, the government announced on Wednesday
The move has been rumoured since Kenevezos, along with the rest of DIKO’s four ministers were forced to resign their ministerial posts in February following a decision by their party to exit the government coalition. In disagreement with the party’s call, the four distanced themselves from the party.
But despite subsequent indications that President Nicos Anastasiades might re-appoint them to his cabinet, he kept only Energy Minister Lakkotrypis. Speculation was then rife that two of the remaining three – Kenevezos and former Defence Minister Fotis Fotiou – would not be left hanging. Though the government never confirmed or denied the rumours, Kenevezos was supposedly slated for ambassador to Greece and Fotiou to an aide post at the Presidential Palace.
The former education minister’s appointment was ratified on Wednesday by the Council of Ministers, while Fotiou’s nomination for the post of national security advisor remains unconfirmed.
The Council of Ministers also ratified the transfer of Tasos Tzionis to ambassador in Rome, Nearchos Palas to the embassy in Bratislava, Stavros Loizides to the embassy in Brazilia, Stavros Avgoustides to the embassy in Sofia, Evangelos Savva to the embassy in Helsinki, and Maria Papakyriakou to the embassy in Copenhagen.
The above appointments are subject to accreditation by each host country.