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Greek PM: snap elections would be catastrophe

 Lawmakers applaud Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, right, after his speech during a parliament session in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Papa...
 Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou speaks during a parliament session in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Papandreou abandoned his explosive plan ...
  Socialist lawmaker Eva Kaili, center, chats prior the speech of Greek prime minister George Papandreou to his Socialist lawmakers members of parliam...
 Greek minister of Finance Evangelos Venizelos, right, and Minister of Culture and Tourism Pavlos Geroulanos attend the confidence vote in the Greek p...
 Greek Communist Party's members shout slogans during a protest at the Athens' main Syntagma square, on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. About 7,000 protesters a...
 Greek Communist Party's members shout slogans during a protest at the Athens' main Syntagma square in Athens, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Greece's ruling S...
 A Socialist lawmaker of the ruling party Aikaterini Farmaki prepares to take her seat in the Greek Parliament before confidence vote, in Athens, on F...
 Greek minister of Finance Evangelos Venizelos, reads during the confidence vote in the Greek parliament, Athens, on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 .Greece's ru...

Greece Financial Crisis

Lawmakers applaud Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, right, after his speech during a parliament session in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Papa...

Greece Financial Crisis

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou speaks during a parliament session in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Papandreou abandoned his explosive plan ...

Greece Financial Crisis

Socialist lawmaker Eva Kaili, center, chats prior the speech of Greek prime minister George Papandreou to his Socialist lawmakers members of parliam...

Greece Financial Crisis

Greek minister of Finance Evangelos Venizelos, right, and Minister of Culture and Tourism Pavlos Geroulanos attend the confidence vote in the Greek p...

APTOPIX Greece Financial Crisis

Greek Communist Party's members shout slogans during a protest at the Athens' main Syntagma square, on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. About 7,000 protesters a...

APTOPIX Greece Financial Crisis

Greek Communist Party's members shout slogans during a protest at the Athens' main Syntagma square in Athens, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Greece's ruling S...

Greece Financial Crisis

A Socialist lawmaker of the ruling party Aikaterini Farmaki prepares to take her seat in the Greek Parliament before confidence vote, in Athens, on F...

Greece Financial Crisis

Greek minister of Finance Evangelos Venizelos, reads during the confidence vote in the Greek parliament, Athens, on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 .Greece's ru...

Greece's embattled prime minister says snap elections in his country would be a catastrophe that would endanger a new European debt deal for Greece and the disbursement of vital bailout loans.
George Papandreou said late Friday that elections would be held immediately after the financial situation is "normalized." He was speaking in parliament late Friday before a crucial vote of confidence in his government, fighting to face down an open revolt from his governing Socialists sparked by an ultimately scrapped plan to put the deal to a referendum.
He said the vote would be a mandate to create a caretaker government to ensure the debt deal.


Updated : 2021-05-15 10:41 GMT+08:00