After his meeting with the president, Greek prime minister George Papandreou made a passionate speech about the need for a national unity government – but no announcement on who would be the next prime minister.
During his address, Papandreou reaffirmed the country’s commitment to staying in the euro zone. He stressed the importance of the new bailout deal agreed in Brussels at the end of October and the necessary reforms Greece would have to undertake.
Papandreou also said consensus was more important that party politics and, with his country in his heart, that was the reason his resignation was the right thing to do.
Earlier on in the day, sources from both the main parties indicated that house speaker Filippos Petsalnikos could lead the new government, but the decision has not been confirmed.
The announcement on the next prime minister could come from Greece’s president, who holds a mainly ceremonial role.