LAOS: Elections for ecumenical government

Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis called for early elections "that will produce an ecumenical government" as "the only government that can save Greece", speaking during a vote of confidence debate in parliament on Sunday, and blamed the prime minister and the main opposition leader of "kicking the opportunity away" for a "national salvation government".

"Some sides did not want an ecumenical government because they chose facilitation of the two-party system over a national salvation government," Karatzaferis said, calling the prime minister's decision for a government reshuffle "cunning", adding that it led to a government of the "deep PASOK", which was "ineffectual" for Greece.

Prime minister George Papandreou converted a parliamentary group "in a state of collapse" into a parliamentary group of "granite".

"This is good for Mr. Papandreou, but bad for Greece," Karatzaferis said, adding that it would have been preferable that, instead of new finance minister going to (Sunday's) eurogroup meeting alone, all five Greek parliamentary parties went together to face Greece's European partners.

Karatzaferis also said that his party will not vote in favor of the government's Medium-Term fiscal program "not because I don't believe it, but because I don't believe you (Papandreou)".

On the vote of confidence called by the premier, Karatzaferis advised Papandreou "instead of attempting in vain to seek the vote of the opposition parties, see to it first that those who were elected with you vote for you".

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