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Greek premier to start talks on caretaker govt

 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...

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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...

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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 promised to start immediate powersharing talks to form a caretaker government, declaring his willingness to step aside if needed, but ruled out snap elections that he said would scuttle a major new European debt deal.
George Papandreou made the pledge late Friday, moments before lawmakers were to cast ballots in a confidence vote in his troubled two-year Socialist government. The vote comes days after Papandreou's ultimately scrapped plan to put the debt deal to a referendum sparked an open rebellion in the governing party, with deputies openly calling for him to step down.
The plan to put the deal to a popular vote had led to anger among European leaders and roiled global markets. Papandreou withdrew the plan Thursday.


Updated : 2021-04-13 04:27 GMT+08:00