Thanasis Theoharopoulos appointed minister for tourism following the resignation last Friday of Elena Kountour

Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece, has appointed the President of the Democratic Left (DIMAR) party, Thanasis Theoharopoulos, as the new minister for tourism, following the resignation last Friday of Elena Kountoura, who will be running for a seat in European Parliament later this month on the SYRIZA ticket.

Thanks to a recently ratified law, Kountoura – who was ejected from the Independent Greeks party (ANEL) in January over her support for the name deal with North Macedonia, before the small nationalist right-wing party dissolved its partnership with ruling SYRIZA – will continue to maintain her position as a lawmaker in Greek Parliament.

The portfolio to be handled by Tsipras includes thematic tourism, history and culture, religious and pilgrimage tours, cruises, yachting and diving, luxury vacation, health tourism and wellness, activities in nature, city breaks and gastronomy.