First leftist Gov’t cabinet meeting ends: 4 goals announced

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras turned to his ministers and stressed the difficulty of their work, characteristically stating “we need to bleed.” He then emphasized the four priorities of the government:

* a return to dignity for all citizens
* the support of the economy
* renegotiating the Greek debt
* getting rid of corruption

“We are a social salvation government”, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday said in his speech at the first cabinet meeting of his government.

“The first priority is to address the humanitarian crisis, he said and stressed that “the people demand we bleed in order to defend its dignity.”

He concluded his speech by stating that his government would be one of “national salvation”. He made it clear that the government had no right to quash the hopes of the Greek people and make good on its pledges.

The core 15-membered cabinet plans to meet every week, without deputy and alternate ministers and undersecretaries.

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