IATE Term of the Week: ‘cabinet reshuffle’

August 29, 2014 1:11 pm



This week a substantial change affecting many ministers took place in the government of France. When the head of government rotates or changes the composition of ministers in his/her cabinet, that is usually called a ‘cabinet reshuffle’.

Cabinet reshuffles come in various forms, from a single new appointment to a major reorganisation. Sometimes it happens due to a need to replace ministers who have retired, resigned or died. Other times, a reshuffle may result from a need to “refresh” the government. That is very common nowadays. It may also be the case that the change reflects a government’s new policies or priorities, even leading to the creation of new departments, or the renaming, merging or abolishment of existing ones. Whatever the reason, timing seems to be crucial to secure the objectives of this action.

The government of the French Republic is a semi-presidential representative democratic republic system, in which the President of France is head of state and the Prime Minister of France is the head of government. François Hollande was elected President of France on 6 May 2012. After François Mitterrand, Holland is the second Socialist Party president of the French Fifth Republic. From this week on, Hollande’s presidency has a new administration and is living an historical moment. Major changes are taking place and have been on the headlines of the world’s newspapers.



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by Ana Rita Remigio

Trainee at TermCoord

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