As the political wrangling to form a coalition government and choose a prime minister continues in Greece, the days of indecision have divided the country’s people.
An announcement on the composition of the new government and the identity of its head is expected soon, leading to both optimism and a more dismal point of view.
Hotel owner Kostas Gikas said he was sure everything would eventually be resolved: “We will have a prime minister. Since the two parties are working together, Greece will have a solution. Consensus between the two main parties is what’s needed to correct the situation. I believe Greece will make it through this.”
Not so confident was Petros Kouvelas, who said Greece’s international reputation was suffering:
“It doesn’t make us look good. The matter should’ve been resolved on the first day. Both of the parties are to blame for us not having a prime minister. The two main parties that have been in power for forty years have left the country in dire straits.”
It was believed that former vice-president of the European Central Bank Lucas Papademos would be the next prime minister, but his rise to power now looks uncertain.
Current prime minister George Papandreou is due to meet with the Greek president on Wednesday afternoon. In keeping with protocol, government changes must be announced to the president, who holds a largely ceremonial post.