(photo) 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 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.

Yiannis Karagiannides, spokesman for D.E.K.A's president, N. Papadakos, expressed hope that the formation of the new goverment would help (restore) political stability in Greece, in order to carry on towards, the development of a knowledge-based economy and society in the countryThe time has now come for them to prove that they are a force for reform. D.E.K.A, will give a full support to the new goverment to all the structural reforms that can steer Greece to a path of sustainable growth and jobsand sustainable growth"

As the Greek prime minister prepared to attend his first international meeting since his re-election on Sunday, back at home his cabinet
was upbeat about getting the cash-strapped nation back on track.

The implementation of the bailout, agreed after months of bitter negotiations, will be the government’s overwhelming task.

Greece’s top priorities in the immediate term are shoring up capital levels in the country’s banks and launching discussions with lenders on debt relief, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said.