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Greek PM rules out snap election following local vote

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Latest update : 2010-11-07

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said he was satisfied with the outcome of Sunday’s local elections and would continue to push forward with reforms without calling a snap parliamentary poll.

AFP - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou pledged Sunday to "continue efforts" to turn around the eurozone member's ailing economy after local elections held under the threat of a snap general election.

"In this difficult year, we succeeded together," Papandreou said in a nationally televised address.
  
"This difficult effort will continue," said the prime minister, who has imposed severe austerity programme after the country was saved from a default in April only by a massive bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
  
"Today, the people have confirmed that they want this change," he said, although the spending cuts and tax hikes have sparked strikes and protests.
  
Papandreou warned last week that he might call early elections if the ruling party were to be weakened in local and regional contests on Sunday.
  
Partial results showed the Socialists leading in a majority of regions and performing strong in local races.
  
Polls also showed most Greeks opposed to the prospect of a snap national election only one year after Papandreou's getting into power.

 

Date created : 2010-11-07

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