PM addresses Cabinet, calls for end to political speculation

Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, noted that "(political) convergences are necessary, on the one hand, but scenarios must come to an end ... because we have a great deal of work ahead of us. It will also be criminal for us to enter such speculation, either about elections or co-governments."
The prime minister praised the ratification of a bill on higher education by ND and other political forces, expressing a wish that a similar stance will also be observed on other bills, adding that "the ball is now in their court, as we have shown every disposition, and we show it on every opportunity, to create national understandings."
Papandreou said that PASOK held this view before the 2009 elections.
"In any case, we have shown, in the opposition as well, but with this government also, our will and determination. Let us see, however, if it also exists on the other side as well."
Papandreou, in his address, underlined the necessity for the implementation of the laws, stressing that the country has weak institutions, a fact which, as he said, "over time is disruptive for rule of law, as well as for the feeling of justice, since it creates the feeling for citizens that the laws ratified are not implemented automatically, or they are not implemented in general, or they are implemented partially in favour of the one and not the other and so forth."
The prime minister attributed the phenomenon to "a clientele-state perception, which is diffusive" and to the fact that there are numerous conflicting laws, which renders their implementation difficult.
As regards developments in Libya, Papandreou said "we want to support the democratic transition of Libya and, of course, stability and economic growth and our relations with this country, as with the other countries of North Africa and the Middle East, one which are experiencing the so-called 'Arab spring'."

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