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Greece’s Tsakalotos to become new finance minister

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Greece’s top negotiator in aid talks with creditors, Euclid Tsakalotos, will be sworn in as finance minister on Monday after the resignation of Yanis Varoufakis, a Greek presidency source told Reuters.

“Tsakalotos will be sworn in with the political oath as finance minister,” the presidency official reportedly said in a statement.

Earlier Monday, former Greek finance chief Yanis Varoufakis resigned under pressure from his government and Greece’s creditors. They had seen him as an obstacle to talks on a new bailout after voters rejected lenders’ terms in a referendum on Sunday.

For more on Tsakalotos’ colorful predecessor, read These 7 Yanis Varoufakis quotes show why we’ll miss him.