Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos on Tuesday lashed out at Prime Minister George Papandreou, accusing him of "missing the message" sent by voters in last Sunday’s second round of local government elections.

Referring to the comments made by the premier to the French newspaper "Le Figaro", Panagiotopoulos stated that “the prime minister reads the message of the polls backwards, that’s why he pretends that he did not understand that the Greek people’s vote called for a change in the policy followed.”

Panagiotopoulos pointed out that the people, with their vote, called for “measures that will boost development and help the economy recover”.