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New Greek government formally takes over, promises caring approach to creditor-demanded cuts

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends his cabinet's swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Despite leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras' policy U-turn, he was re-elected by a wide margin in last weekend's general election, and again formed a coalition government with a small right-wing party, the Independent Greeks. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends his cabinet's swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Despite leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras' policy U-turn, he was re-elected by a wide margin in last weekend's general election, and again formed a coalition government with a small right-wing party, the Independent Greeks. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greece's Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos attends new cabinet's swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Greece's newly re-elected left-wing government has retained Euclid Tsakalotos as finance minister to continue tough negotiations with other eurozone countries on the terms of a large new bailout deal.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greece's Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos attends new cabinet's swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Greece's newly re-elected left-wing government has retained Euclid Tsakalotos as finance minister to continue tough negotiations with other eurozone countries on the terms of a large new bailout deal.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greece's new cabinet takes a secular oath of office during a swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Despite leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras' policy U-turn, he was re-elected by a wide margin in last weekend's general election, and again formed a coalition government with a small right-wing party, the Independent Greeks. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greece's new cabinet takes a secular oath of office during a swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Despite leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras' policy U-turn, he was re-elected by a wide margin in last weekend's general election, and again formed a coalition government with a small right-wing party, the Independent Greeks. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's new leftist-led coalition government has formally assumed its duties, pledging to enforce creditor-demanded spending cuts and reforms while softening the pain on an austerity-weary population.

Labor Minister George Katrougalos says the new administration elected Sunday has to focus on the reforms that were a key condition for the latest in a series of international bailouts keeping the country afloat.

He spoke after a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' new government, which retained the core of his previous Cabinet with a few tweaks.

These included Yiannis Mouzalas, the widely-respected immigration minister in the caretaker government appointed before the elections, who will remain in his post.

Immigration is a key challenge for Greece, which has received more than 260,000 refugees and economic migrants so far this year.