Medium-Term strategy to be finalised with hours, gov't says

Government spokesman George Petalotis on Wednesday said that the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy is expected to be finalised within the next few hours, after some technical issues had been examined.
The spokesman said that the process to have it approved by government bodies and passed by Parliament would be announced immediately afterward.

According to Petalotis, the government had no information corroborating reports in the German media that the International Monetary Fund had refused to release the 5th tranche of loans to Greece.

Regarding an announcement by Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis that he intends to pull his party out of Parliament in a bid to force elections, Petalotis said that it was "up to Mr. Karatzaferis to take the steps he thinks necessary for dealing with the crisis".

The spokesman said that the government was not concerned by the political moves of the parties at the moment but entirely focused on finalising the medium-term programme and carrying out the rapid changes needed to bring about an economic recovery.

Petalotis also condemned incidents outside Parliament on Tuesday night, saying that these reflected badly on the efforts of those demonstrating peacefully.

He stressed that the popular mandate was given in a specific way and "implemented in a different way from that seen last night", stressing that protests had to take place within a democratic framework.

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