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Opposition Leader Opens Electoral Campaign

Antonis Samaras, leader of Nea Dimocratia – the main opposition party in Greece (centre-right) – today essentially opened the electoral campaign when addressing his party’s parliamentary group, asking the current government ”to leave as soon as possible, because it poses a threat to people in Greece and their future.” ”Not even the MPs of his own party want him any longer,” said Samaras, referring to socialist Premier G. Papandreou.
Samaras stressed the need for early elections ”to make the move from the chaos under Papandreou to democratic stability.” Talking about the new economic rescue package for Greece, decided at the European summit of October 27, Samaras said that ”now everything has gone wrong. The government first reached a deal and annulled it a few hours later.” He concluded by calling Papandreou ”an adventurer,” and defining the referendum proposed by the Premier as ”something that will divide the Greek people.”

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