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Greek Prime Minister Agrees to Resign

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Athens : Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou speaks during a debate on the confidence vote at the Greek Parliament, in Athens, on November 4, 2011.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has agreed to resign following the introduction of a new coalition government. This is according to an Athens news agency, quoting a source close to Papandreou himself.

­Sunday’s Greek Cabinet meeting is likely to go down in history as the final with Papandreou in charge.

His resignation has been on everyone’s lips for some time, though he did survive a confidence vote on Saturday, with 153 votes in his favor in the 300-member parliament. At the moment Papandreou is midway through a four-year term.

His resignation was requested by opposition leader Antonis Samaras. His New Democracy – one of the country’s two largest parties – has virtually exclusive power to make the much-needed coalition government work.

“I am ready to help the country, in case if he [Papandreou] steps down. If he does not resign, he does not allow the constitution to operate properly; if he does resign, the things will go as they have to,” Samaras has announced.

Former Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos is most likely candidate to be named Papandreou’s successor. He will represent Greece at Monday’s key euro group to discuss the latest 130-billion-euro bailout package agreed on October 26.

The bailout would wipe out half of the Greece’s current debt (100 billion euro) and inject another 30 billion euro into the country’s crisis-hit private sector. In return Greece has cut government jobs, encourage privatization, and reduce budget spending.

At Venizelos’ request the new government is to govern the country for four months, paving the way for an election in early spring 2012. Papandreou discouraged intentions to hold the election immediately, as that would jeopardize the implementation of the bailout. However, the opposition still intend to hasten the election build-up.

Head of EuroCommission’s monetary affairs Ollie Rehn was quoted by Reuters earlier saying the EU is prepared for every Greek scenario including their exit from the union.


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2 Responses to " Greek Prime Minister Agrees to Resign "

  1. Baron Gifilte says:

    Why not take back the money from those who took it and leave everyone else alone.

    If they are saying they do not know where the money went then who is to blame for lending money to shysters without any account books?

    Other Shysters.

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  2. Baron Gifilte says:

    Word is that the outgoing asshole trained in USA and is Trilateral commission wheras the incoming asshole is Jew who worked for the Federal Reserve in Boston.

    The plan is clearly to continue cannibalising other nations as it is the ritualized abuse of humanity by those of the Jewish religion.

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