Samaras: ND prepared for elections whenever they take place

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras said on Tuesday that his party is prepared for elections, whenever they take place, addressing a meeting of his party's executive committee.

He also stressed that he will not accept "co-governance with a PASOK that cannot find agreement even with itself, nor collaborations with those who backed the Memorandum", in a reference to the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party and to independent MP and former ND minister Dora Bakoyannis, who now heads her own fledgling Democratic Alliance party.

Samaras further warned that he will not consent to "God-sent, non-institutional solutions".

"I was elected (to the ND leadership) to change everything and to give hope to the Greek people. I do not play petty-part games, nor do I owe anything to anyone save for hope to the Greek people," he said.

The ND leader further attributed recent rumors of internal party problems to "a war against ND" at a time when ND's policy is gaining ground in Greece and at a time when he himself was waging a struggle in Europe for Greece while the government policy is sliding into new impasses and PASOK was in a difficult position, and just ahead of the unveiling of the proposal being prepared by ND providing an alternative solution for the Greek economy.

Gov't dismisses cooperation speculation with ND as 'fantasy'

Government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis on Tuesday lashed out at main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, stressing that "scenarios" of his party joining the government with ruling PASOK are nothing more than a “new fantasy” and an “idle wish”.

Petalotis made the comment in response to an earlier statement by Samaras, according to which he will not accept being in a coalition government with PASOK.

Petalotis said PASOK has received a popular mandate to lead the country out of the crisis and called on ND to contribute to the efforts aimed at overcoming the crisis, which was created in part by the ND government, as he charged.

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