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Papandreou to pursue reforms after Greek polls win

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Greek leader George Papandreou says he will press ahead with reforms after estimates showed his Socialists had won must regions in local elections.

A record low turnout overshadows the results, reflecting many voters’ discontent with the pain inflicted by austerity measures.

But the Prime Minister is staying positive.

“We have three years ahead of us in which to do a job that ought to take decades, in order to save our country,” he said, adding that Greeks would win the battle to reconstruct the nation.

And that battle could be a long one.

Yesterday, Papandreou evoked the possibility of extending repayment of the EU/IMF loan that saved the country from bankruptcy in May. Officials from the two bodies are in Athens today to assess its cost-cutting efforts.