Euro-sceptic Lafazanis confirmed as energy minister

Panayiotis Lafazanis, head of the newly elected Syriza-led government’s firmer left of euro sceptics, or Left Platform, has been appointed minister of a new superministry incorporating the energy sector, the Ministry for Production Reconstruction, Environment and Energy, confirming earlier energypress reports.

A deputy minister’s role for the new enlarged ministry’s environment portfolio was given to Yiannis Tsironis of the Democtratic Left (DIMAR) – Greens cooperation, members of which were added to the coalition government earlier today in a surprise move by Greece’s new prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

Lafazanis will control the superministry’s energy portfolio as well as industrial policy.