Cypriot president reshuffles government

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday reshuffled his government, bringing in three new ministers and changing post for one, government spokesman Kyriakos Kousios said.

The spokesman said Anastasiades appointed Emily Yiolitis as justice minister to replace George Savvides, who was appointed as attorney general on Tuesday.

Charalambos Petrides, the mayor of a Nicosia suburb, was appointed defense minister to succeed Savvas Angelides, who was earlier appointed as deputy attorney general.

The spokesman said Natasa Pilides, up to now deputy minister of shipping, was moved to the minister of energy, commerce, industry and tourism, in succession of Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, who had signaled his intention to step down after seven years in office.

Anastasiades brought in shipping expert Vassilis Demetriades to fill the vacancy of the deputy shipping minister. Demetriades is currently the national expert on maritime policy issues at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport.