Calamos Supports Greece
GreekReporter.comGreeceThe New Greek Government Faces Confidence Vote

The New Greek Government Faces Confidence Vote

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s government faced a confidence vote on Sunday capping three days of often heated debate over how the recession-wracked country can emerge from the crisis.
“The goal of the government is to guarantee the place of Greece in the eurozone against those who want to undermine it,” Samaras told lawmakers in his first major address as Greece’s new leader after winning an election in June.
The outcome of the vote in parliament held little mystery with Samaras’s conservative New Democracy party, leading a coalition of 179-seats in the 300-seat chamber with the socialist PASOK party and the much smaller Democratic Left.
In his Friday speech outlining the government’s programme, Samaras insisted that Greece would push through delayed reforms and privatisations, but would also request a break from its EU-IMF bailout programme to fight a recession now in its fifth year.
“Our problem is not adopting reforms, which we will do without question. It is not reaching an objective, which we will meet. But it is finding an end to the recession,” the 61-year-old prime minister said.
In his speech, Samaras admitted that Greece had fallen behind in its programme, led off course by an extended election season after a first vote in May failed to produce a workable majority.
Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftist Syriza party that came in a close second in the June election, accused the government of selling off state assets “like a real estate agent.”
“The government will have to account for its actions, the looting of public goods,” Tsipras added, accusing Samaras and his ministers of reneging on an electoral promise to revisit the bailout agreement.
(source: AFP)

See all the latest news from Greece and the world at Contact our newsroom to report an update or send your story, photos and videos. Follow GR on Google News and subscribe here to our daily email!

Related Posts