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Greek Prime Minister encounters unity challenge
Saturday, 05 November 2011 20:55 Published in Europe

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Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has said initiatives to form the new govt of national unity must get under way very soon. Mr Papandreou stated these were "critical instances" as he tries to push the vital EU bailout deal through parliament.

He was speaking right after discussion with the President Carolos Papoulias and also a day after winning the parliamentary confidence vote.

The primary opposition party has demanded for snap elections, and also said it will not sit in coalition along with Mr Papandreou.

Without bailout money, Greece may go bankrupt just before end of this year.

Mr Papandreou stated he had gone to presidential palace on Saturday to tell Mr Papoulias for his "objective to contribute to the formation of the govt of the widest possible consensus".

"These are really critical times. In immediate future the essential process will start to develop the widest possible consensus govt," stated Mr Papandreou.

Thoughts are rising that Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos could be interim prime minister. He has earlier said elections could be held as soon as processes for securing EU bailout package were completed.

On the other hand, leader of the centre-right opposition New Democracy party, Antonis Samaras, has dismissed this idea of the coalition govt, expressing that Mr Papandreou had declined his proposals.
Last modified on Saturday, 05 November 2011 21:52

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