Following the cabinet reshuffle, opposition SYRIZA is accelerating its own revamp with an eye on possible early elections.
The government is set to play it safe and extend Covid-19 restrictions on the advice of experts as Greece battles to keep the pandemic at bay after the festive period.
Crowds in and around churches on the feast of Epiphany on Wednesday have exacerbated fears of a resurgence of coronavirus in Greece as the current lockdown nears its scheduled end date on January 11.
Just hours after a broad cabinet reshuffle designed to reinvigorate the government was completed, New Democracy found itself on the backfoot over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis began 2021 by announcing a new cabinet line-up on Monday, a move which had been widely expected but whose details had been closely guarded until the official announcement.
The political agenda for the start of 2021 is dominated by two issues: The cabinet reshuffle Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to undertake this Monday and the latest strategy for containing Covid-19.
With the national Covid-19 vaccination plan under way and pressure on hospitals slowly easing, the final cabinet meeting of 2020 turned its focus on the government’s agenda for the coming year.
Speculation about an imminent cabinet reshuffle has resurfaced in the Greek media, although Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis continues to keep his cards close to his chest.
The Greek vaccination programme for Covid-19 was launched over the weekend, with the first doses administered to healthcare staff, the elderly and senior figures in public life.
Greece launched its Covid-19 vaccination programme on Sunday, when Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was among the first to receive the jab, but doubts remain about the next steps in the government strategy and the opposition continues to be critical of New Democracy’s approach.