On Wednesday, 24th June 2020, the decisions of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, were announced in relation to the Cabinet reshuffle, giving the government new impetus to decision-making in facing these challenging times, amidst the coronavirus crisis (https://www.stockwatch.com.cy/en/article/prosopa/president-reshuffles-cabinet).
Amongst the new appointments, the President appointed the current Mayor of Aglantzia, Charalambos Petrides, as the next Defense Minister.
Additionally, the current Shipping Deputy Minister, Ms. Natasa Pilides, will succeed Mr. Giorgos Lakkotrypis, as the Minister of Energy and Commerce, who has stepped down after more than seven years in office (https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/06/24/pilides-appointed-energy-minister-yiolitis-new-justice-minister/).
Moreover, lawyer Mrs. Emily Yiolitis, was appointed as the new Justice Minister. She served briefly as head of the board of state electricity company, EAC, before resigning due to conflict of interest.
The Deputy Ministry of Shipping will be headed by Vassilis Demetriades, who is the national expert on maritime policy issues at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (https://www.stockwatch.com.cy/en/article/prosopa/president-reshuffles-cabinet).
The date for the new ministers’ confirmation ceremony will be announced soon.
The above decisions follows the appointments of the Justice and Public Order Minister, Mr. George Savvides, in the post of Attorney General, and of the Defence Minister, Mr. Savvas Angelides, in the post of Deputy Attorney General, on Tuesday, 23rd June 2020 (https://www.stockwatch.com.cy/en/article/genika-prosopa/president-appointed-new-attorney-general-deputy-attorney-general-police-chief) (https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/06/23/justice-minister-appointed-attorney-general/).
The President of the Republic of Cyprus also decided to appoint Mr. Stelios Papatheodorou as Chief of Cyprus Police and Christos Mavris as Deputy Chief of Police.
The Government Spokesperson stated that the new Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Police will be sworn in on 1st July 2020, and the new Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General will be sworn in on the 10th July 2020.
Amongst the challenges that the government currently faces include the implementation of the economic support package that were introduced, the gradual lifting of travel restrictions from certain countries, depending on the epidemiological data, in order to boost tourism, the reopening of the crossing points, as well as the Turkish ships’ drilling and conducting seismic surveys in waters south of the island that are within the Republic of Cyprus’ exclusive rights.