Main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras wrapped up a three-day tour of Crete on Thursday with a series of meetings in the cities of Iraklio and Agios Nikolaos.
Among these was a meeting with the head of Crete's Regional Authority Stavros Arnaoutakis, who briefed him on the progress of public works on the island, and Iraklio Mayor Yiannis Kourakis.

Samaras then visited the Iraklio chamber of commerce for talks with local business people, where he noted the problems caused by the lack of liquidity directed at the real economy and discussed problems relating with transport connections to the island, stressing that excessive bureaucracy remained a major problem that had to be tackled.

ND's leader repeated a call to the government to take measures to "jump-start" the economy.

The main opposition leader's next port of call was Lasithi, where he met Agios Nikolaos Mayor Dimitris Kounenakis and visited the local commercial district and the Lasithi Labour Centre.