Government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis on Tuesday stressed that “government ministers are responsible for what they say but the government operates collectively and is expressed through the prime minister”.
Petalotis made the comment in response to a question by the media on the statements made a day earlier by Health Minister Andreas Loverdos as regards the government’s course. He added that “the health minister has his own viewpoints and it is only reasonable for the government ministers to express concern and anguish. However, the operation of the government is guaranteed by the prime minister and the government as a whole.”
As regards the consecutive meetings the premier had with leading government ministers ahead of the cabinet meeting, the government spokesman stated that they are “routine working meetings”.
He also rejected the likelihood of snap elections, stressing that “we still have a lot of work to do,” adding that “a government reshuffle is not being considered”.
Referring to the auctioning of a six-month T-bills issue, he stated that Greece "did pretty well”, adding that the 4.88 pct interest rate is “lower than the support mechanism interest rate” and pointed out that “the issue was 3.8 times oversubscribed”, while 34.5 pct of the issue was covered by foreign investors.