Greece should complete its second bailout review "swiftly", so that talks on debt restructuring can begin at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on 5 December, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his new cabinet.

Mr Tsipras reshuffled his government late on Friday to speed up reforms Athens has agreed to implement under its third EU/IMF bailout.

Restructuring its mountain of debt, the highest in the eurozone, is the government's primary goal.

"The negotiation can and will be concluded on time, for us to have positive decisions at the Eurogroup on December 5," Mr Tsipra ssaid.

"In other words, to begin talks for specific short-term,mid-term and long-term measures for Greek debt relief."
           
If that happens, Mr Tsipras said, Greece can eye its inclusion in the European Central Bank's quantitative easing - an asset-buying programme from which it is excluded - within the first quarter of 2017. It can then regain access to the bond market by the time its current bailout expires in 2018.
           
Mr Tsipras, who was first elected in January 2015 promising to end austerity, has seen his popularity slide as he pushes ahead with painful cuts under the country's latest bailout agreed in August 2015.