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Ioannis Mouzalas

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Prime Minister  Alexis Tsipras
Name  Ioannis Mouzalas
Role  Obstetrician

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Prime Minister  Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou
Preceded by  Tasia Christodoulopoulou
Alma mater  National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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Ioannis Mouzalas (Greek: Ιωάννης Μουζάλας) is a Greek obstetrician-gynecologist, surgeon and one of the founding members of the Greek chapter of Doctors of the World.

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In August 2015, he was appointed Alternate Minister of Immigration Policy in the Caretaker Cabinet of Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou, and was later confirmed in office by reelected prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

Early life and education

Mouzalas graduated from the Athens Medical School, University of Athens, before continuing his studies in Milan and London.

Medical career

Mouzalas has worked in Tzaneio Hospital, Agios Savvas Hospital and Elena Hospital. In London, he worked with Michel Odent. In 1999, he made the first childbirth in Greece in water. Mouzalas is one of the founding members of Doctors of the World and has participated in more than 25 missions in Asia and Africa.

Political career

Mouzalas was appointed as the Alternate Minister of Immigration Policy in the Caretaker Cabinet of Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou. On 4 September, he announced four measures to help combat the European migrant crisis: creation of a coordination centre to manage the refugee flow, improved and increased logistical and staff support to existing facilities, taking immediate advantage of European solidarity program and community funds and providing necessary funds and resources to help local economies on the islands affected.

On 15 March 2016, in an interview with Skai TV, Mouzalas referred to the Republic of Macedonia simply as "Macedonia", sparking a demand for his resignation from coalition partner Panos Kammenos due to the Macedonia naming dispute. Mouzalas apologised for "slip-up", but on 16 March Kammenos reiterated his demand for Mouzalas' resignation. Following a lunchtime meeting with Alexis Tsipras, Kammenos declared that the "Independent Greeks support the government but not the migration minister." Nevertheless, the government defended Mouzalas, saying in a statement that it was "irresponsible and hypocritical" to undermine him during the European migrant crisis.

References

Ioannis Mouzalas Wikipedia


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