Thursday, June 16, 2011

Papandreou remodels the Government following the rejection of the opposition

Greek Prime Minister, the socialist George Papandreou on Wednesday announced a government reshuffle, which will be announced tomorrow, after the main opposition party rejected his offer to integrate a national unity Executive to get to Greece crisis. The proposal coincided with the third general strike so far this year.

The call, with a massive following, was seen as sometimes marked by violent incidents that have resulted in dozens of injuries and arrests. The trigger for the strike was the draconian economic adjustment that the Greek government, opposed by all political forces and some of his fellow-must move forward before the next day 29, a condition imposed by the European Union and the Fund International Monetary Fund to release the next tranche of the bailout agreed in May 2010 (12,000 million euros, that Athens should receive in July).

After meeting with the president, Karolos Papoulias, and a round of telephone conversations with leaders of parliamentary parties arc, Papandreou announced his willingness to resign to facilitate the formation of a government of national consultation with New Democracy (center- right). But their leader, Antonis Samaras, has responded by reiterating its conditions renegotiate rescue requirements of the EU and the IMF and a new tenant in Maximu Megaro, the seat of the Presidency of the Government.

The first was a condition unaffordable for Papandreou, who stressed that any co-Government must support the bailout in its current form. As summarized in headlines digital editions of newspapers in Athens, "Papandreou Samaras can not rule and does not want to." After the rejection opponent, Prime Minister announced in a televised address that tomorrow will announce the composition of the new government and is subject to a vote of confidence in Parliament.

Tens of thousands of people, including 20,000, according to police, and 200,000 for the newspaper Eleutherotypia-gathered in central Athens, sealed by 1,500 police. His deployment did not prevent episodes of violence by a group of 200 masked to Parliament, where MPs were preparing to debate the new austerity plan for the period 2012-2015, which provides the State save 28,000 million euros and cut 150,000 of the approximately 700,000 public employees, among other measures.

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