July 13, 2015 / 4:17 PM / 3 years ago

Dijsselbloem re-elected head of Eurogroup ministers -statement

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem was re-elected on Monday as president of the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, EU officials said in a statement.

Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem addresses a news conference after an euro zone leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 13, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Dijsselbloem will serve another two-and-a-half year term as chair of the powerful body of 19 ministers who set the economic policy agenda for the single currency bloc and is currently handling the Greek debt crisis.

Centre-left politician Dijsselbloem’s only challenger was Spain’s centre-right Economy Minister Luis de Guindos. The Dutchman had been widely expected to be re-elected, not least after he had steered Greece towards a bailout at the weekend.

Reporting By Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Alastair Macdonald

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