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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-01-04

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  • [01] Samaras: Early elections can be held in late March 2012

  • [01] Samaras: Early elections can be held in late March 2012

    AMNA / Greece's next general elections can take place at the end of March without affecting PSI or the signature of a new loan agreement, main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said on Wednesday, while addressing a meeting of ND's Executive Committee to discuss planning for the elections.

    Once negotiations for the PSI were complete, another month would be required for the signature of a new loan agreement, Samaras stressed, meaning that elections could be held at the end of March.

    Samaras said that his intention was to assist in restoring the sustainability of Greece's debt, which required the completion of the PSI process and the signature of a new loan agreement. He clarified that with the signature of the loan agreement, ND agreed to the general targets for the next three years for the elimination of the deficit, the reduction of the debt and boosting the competitiveness of the Greek economy.

    ND's leader added that his intention was to help the government of Lucas Papademos to achieve its aims and finally resolve the problem concerning the sustainability of Greek debt. amna At the same time, he warned, ND would not put up with attempts to set conditions that everything be resolved within the brief transitional period of the Papademos government.

    "If anyone tries to drag things out they will find us opposed. If some people want to play at party politics or internal party games, we will not participate. We want everyone to observe the goals that we set together. The Greek people will have an opportunity to decide on the government that will lead them from the crisis," he underlined.

    He stressed that those fearing the judgement of the Greek people needed to accept that they could not avert the political legitimacy or the elections that the country needed.

    Samaras repeated that many of the measures attempted in the last two years had failed to yield results, leading to an increase rather than a reduction of the deficit, and that some things had to change. amna

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