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Greek bailout critic says he will be new finance minister under left-wing government

  • In this Monday, June 16, 2014 photo Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, attends a book presentation of Yanis Varoufakis, right, in Athens. Economist and outspoken bailout critic Yanis Varoufakis, 53, has confirmed on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in a blog post that he will be sworn in as Finance Minister under the country’s new left wing government. (AP Photo/InTime News, Giannis Liakos)  GREECE OUT

    In this Monday, June 16, 2014 photo Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, attends a book presentation of Yanis Varoufakis, right, in Athens. Economist and outspoken bailout critic Yanis Varoufakis, 53, has confirmed on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in a blog post that he will be sworn in as Finance Minister under the country’s new left wing government. (AP Photo/InTime News, Giannis Liakos) GREECE OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 shows Yanis Varoufakis as he exits Syriza left-wing party headquarters in Athens. Economist and outspoken bailout critic Yanis Varoufakis, 53, has confirmed on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in a blog post that he will be sworn in as Finance Minister under the country’s new left wing government. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    This photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 shows Yanis Varoufakis as he exits Syriza left-wing party headquarters in Athens. Economist and outspoken bailout critic Yanis Varoufakis, 53, has confirmed on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in a blog post that he will be sworn in as Finance Minister under the country’s new left wing government. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 shows Yanis Varoufakis as he exits Syriza left-wing party headquarters in Athens. Economist and outspoken bailout critic Yanis Varoufakis, 53, has confirmed on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in a blog post that he will be sworn in as Finance Minister under the country’s new left wing government. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    This photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 shows Yanis Varoufakis as he exits Syriza left-wing party headquarters in Athens. Economist and outspoken bailout critic Yanis Varoufakis, 53, has confirmed on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in a blog post that he will be sworn in as Finance Minister under the country’s new left wing government. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

A Greek economist and outspoken bailout critic says in a blog post that he will be sworn in as finance minister under the country's new left-wing government.

The 53-year-old Yanis Varoufakis made the announcement Tuesday, hours before the new government announced its Cabinet that will be headed by the Syriza party and also likely to include officials from its coalition ally, the anti-bailout and right wing Independent Greeks.

Varoufakis has been a vocal critic of Greece's bailout agreements, arguing that repayment of the country's huge rescue package loans should be linked to growth, a policy change he argues would benefit eurozone lenders.

Syriza won a landmark general election victory Sunday after campaign on a pledge to renegotiate the bailout deal and seek forgiveness of more than half the money.