The leader of socialist PASOK Evangelos Venizelos addressed his party's national council while the heads of other parties were reportedly in close consultation with their aides on issues of strategy. According to sources, it had been clear to Papademos that his short-term coalition could not hold together much longer as cooperation between PASOK and New Democracy cabinet members had deteriorated in the last couple of weeks as both parties began to look toward the elections. The May 6 election date gives the parties the minimum time of 25 days that the constitution allows for them to prepare for polling day.
A cross-party electoral committee is due to meet on Tuesday to allocate TV airtime to the groups. The parties will have to name their candidates by April 20 and submit their lists to the Supreme Court by April 25. April 20 will also be the last day on which opinion polls can be published in Greece.