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Political uncertainty persists in Greece

Political uncertainty persists in Greece
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Political deadlock remains in Greece, with the main opposition leader refusing to take part in a government of national unity proposed by the Prime Minister George Papandreou.

The PM met the president on Saturday after narrowly winning a no confidence vote over his handling of the debt crisis.

He maintains that a national coalition should be formed at least until a vital EU bailout has been approved. However, the centre-right opposition is refusing. New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras insists that elections are the only way forward.

“We ask only one thing: to return to normality and elections, so we can stabilise the country, repair its images, and so we can get out of this nightmare as soon as possible.”

But at least one opinion poll puts the public on Papandreou’s side, with 52% in favour of a unity government and 36% preferring a snap general election.

Papandreou says elections at this stage would be dangerous for Greece. He also hinted to parliament that he would be willing to step down in the interests of forming a national unity coalition.

On Sunday he is due to meet the opposition leader for talks, but time is running out. Without the EU bailout money, Greece could go bankrupt by the end of the year.