Government reshuffle is expected – FinMin Tsakalotos to keep his post – Separate ministry to tackle migration crisis – (upd)

A government reshuffle is expected to be completed in the coming hours and will be announced by government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili, sources told Athens-Macedonian News Agency on Friday.

According to the same sources, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been in contact with those involved since this morning.

According to reports, Tsipras was expected to oust a pair of hardliners opposed to privatisations, bring in younger party members loyal to him personally, and create a separate ministry to tackle Greece’s migration crisis.

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, the key negotiator between Athens and its international lenders at the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, is expected to keep his post, according to Reuters.

Tsipras may replace Energy Minister Panos Skourletis and Shipping Minister Thodoris Dritsas who have openly opposed privatizations, a sign that Athens wants to appease its creditors that have accused it of foot-dragging in selling state assets, a key term of its third bailout.

The interior and labor ministers are also expected to be replaced, another official said.

But the key posts of foreign affairs, defence and finance were likely to remain unchanged.