New Greek cabinet to be sworn in after reshuffle

Greece's new cabinet to be sworn in after reshuffle triggered by political crisis

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Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos leaves the official residence of conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Monday, June 24, 2013. Members of Venizelos' PASOK party are expecded to be handed top posts in a cabinet reshuffle due to be finalized late Monday, in the wake of a political crisis triggered by Samaras' decision to shut down state broadcaster ERT. Samaras’ year-old government narrowly avoided collapse after he ordered ERT’s closure on June 11. Coalition member Democratic Left pulled out of the government last week, cutting its majority in parliament to just three seats. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new cabinet is to be sworn in after a broad reshuffle in which conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras handed key posts to the coalition government's minority Socialist party following a political crisis.

The cabinet, which includes new ministers for the posts of foreign affairs, justice, administrative reform, transport and defense, among others, is to be sworn in during a ceremony in the presidential palace early Tuesday afternoon.

Samaras' year-old coalition government narrowly avoided collapse after he ordered the closure of the state broadcaster, ERT, on June 11. Coalition member Democratic Left quit the government last week. The two-party coalition government now has only a slender majority in parliament, controlling 153 seats of the 300 seats.

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