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30 August, 2002
Prime Minister Costas Simitis has chosen Florina-area Parliament deputy George Lianis as the new sports deputy minister, a portfolio he also held between 1993 and 1996.
Lianis, a noted journalist first elected to Parliament in 1989 with PASOK, takes over the post from Yiannis Kourakis, who leaves the position in order to run in the Irakleio, Crete, mayoral race.
Additionally, Simitis tapped Irakleio-area deputy Manolis Stratakis to replace Spyros Vougias as deputy transports and communications minister. Vougias also resigned his post to run in a mayoral race this October, specifically for Thessaloniki's town hall.
Stratakis, an agronomist by training, assumes his first cabinet post.
Source: Athens News Agency