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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-02-11

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  • [01] Samaras warns party MPs over vote; elections after PSI
  • [02] Papandreou to MPs: 'Toe party line', bailout only hope

  • [01] Samaras warns party MPs over vote; elections after PSI

    AMNA--New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Saturday issued a direct warning to members of his party' s Parliamentary group, namely, that dissenters in the next day's vote for a new bailout package -- one linked with a controversial new round of austerity measures -- will not be on the party's ticket in upcoming elections.

    He also maintained that elections will take place after a conclusion of a PSI deal for a 'haircut' to the Greek debt.

    Moreover, he explained his support of the latest "troika"-dictated package. amna

    "We are, as a country, in great danger. Prosperity is lost and regained. Today we are in danger of losing our freedom and independence. As soon as the bond swap procedure is concluded we will demand the dissolution of Parliament immediately. We are clear, we are in position to impose elections and we will do so.amna

    "It is our duty to avert the danger that our country is facing in order to proceed. Things are not as they were two years ago, when the debt was viable, now they (the preceding PASOK government) have made it nonviable."

    [02] Papandreou to MPs: 'Toe party line', bailout only hope

    AMNA--PASOK leader George Papandreou, who resigned as prime minister last November, on Saturday called on remaining MPs in PASOK's Parliamentary group to "toe the party line" in Sunday's vote over a controversial new bailout package and related austerity measures.

    "I ask and expect all of you to vote in favor the new agreement. It is difficult and painful ... but we must stand on our feet ... Tomorrow we must all do our duty". amna

    Earlier in his address, Papandreou called on PASOK deputies to "rise to the occasion" in order for the country to avoid default, explaining what real bankruptcy will mean, as he said.

    Referring to the Memorandum, he said it was not a solution to the problem but the beginning of the solution.

    "I do not accept that the arsonists are not to blame, but instead those who tried to extinguish the fire are."amna

    On the new bailout loan, Papandreou said that our partners state clearly that they will help us to put aside our heavy debts of the past with a new 130 billion euros support package and a 100 billion euros haircut of our debt, but our concern is not to create new deficits. "We made the start and we must not lose this war," stressed Papandreou.

    The PASOK leader also attacked the Greek media, accusing them of "gambling" with the Greek people's agony.

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