August 27, 2018 / 3:29 PM / a year ago

Greek PM says government needs 'new blood' before a 2019 election

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses the nation from the island of Ithaca, Greece, August 21, 2018. Andrea Bonetti/Greek Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday nominated Interior Minister Panos Skourletis as secretary of his leftist Syriza party, paving the way for a cabinet reshuffle this week.

Tsipras told his party’s central committee that his cabinet and his leftist party needed “new blood” and renewal before a general election in the autumn of next year.

Reporting by Michele Kambas, Renee Maltezou

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