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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-05

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  • [01] PM: 'We are forging ahead, we are not stopping'

  • [01] PM: 'We are forging ahead, we are not stopping'

    Prime Minister George Papandreou concluded the election period with an address at the Sporting indoor stadium in Athens on Friday evening, focusing on the slogan "we are going again, we are forging ahead, we are not stopping."

    Papandreou reiterated that early genearl elections "were not and are not" in his intentions and for this reason called "for a vote of responsibility from every citizen so that a good reply will be given to the dilemma of whether we shall continue forward with changes or retreat to adventures."

    The prime minister underlined that he will not hesitate "if the unpatriotic", as he termed it, "attempt to undermine the country's effort continues to call on the Greek people to decide on how the country will proceed from now on."

    Papandreou said that the elections were unprecedented for two reasons: firstly, because it is the first time that elections are taking place for the emergence of elected regional governors and secondly, because these elections are taking place in the middle of a titanic national effort, as he said, for the country. He said that the government has two national goals before it and these are the goal of the country's salvation and the goal of its recovery. The prime minister accused the opposition and mainly the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party of "undermining this national effort and attempting to distort the meaning of the local elections."

    He accused the main opposition ND party of "never having assumed its responsibilities courageously" on the position that the country found itself. Instead of this, as he said, it deserted to let the bomb explode in the hands of PASOK. He also accused it of having the role of first fiddle in the orchestrated effort to intercept the country's course towards salvation.

    Moreover, he accused it that while the government has been working for the country's salvation over the past year, ND was undermining over this period and poisoning Greek society with divisive slogans and dangerous dilemmas.

    Papandreou reiterated that 2011 will be the last year of recession, 2012 the first year that the country will return to growth and 2012 with the end of the memorandum the foundations will have been laid for Greece of justice, prosperity and growth for the benefit of all.

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