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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-06

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM says country's default avoided

  • [01] PM says country's default avoided

    Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing a marathon informal cabinet meeting on Monday, said the country's bankruptcy has been avoided so far but remains as an "issue at stake", adding that among the institutional changes that will be promoted by his government is also that of the referendum, an issue for which he will give instructions to the relevant minister Yiannis Ragoussis.

    Papandreou ruled out, according to reports, once again the possibility of early elections and reiterated his proposal for a consensus of the country's political parties, calling on them "to close the negotiations (with the EC/ECB/IMF troika) together". He also asked for the greatest possible consensus in the voting of the medium-term programme making it clear that he does not intend to ask for a 180 vote majority.

    He categorically dismissed scenarios on the appointment of commissioners (in the ministries), placing the blame for the exaggeration of the issue on the media.

    "We do not accept and we never accepted the logic of commissioners," Papandreou stressed, adding that "we do not accept anything that will decrease our dignity, our basic sovereign rights, whether it is the vote, or the commissioners or whatever attitudes or demands of a similar character."

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