Greek Elections 2012 – Samaras: “National Salvation Gov” and “Loan Agreement Modifications”


Antonis Samaras, leader of Greek elections winner Nea Dimocratia received at Monday noon the mandate to form the new Greek government. As he did not achieve the absolute majority, he is bound to form a coalition government.

During his meeting with President Karolos Papoulias, Samaras said that his target is a “national salvation government” composed of parties with European orientation and that the loan agreement needed necessary modifications.

Samaras: ” I will immediately get at forming a national salvation government of long duration, together with the political parties that believe in the European orientation of the country, in the euro and that believe that while keeping our commitments at the same time  necessary modifications of the [MoU/austerity] programme must take place so that the Greek people escape from the torturing daily reality of unemployment and the incredible great difficulties every Greek family suffers.”

Samaras outlined further priorities of the new government such as “the social cohesion” in terms of economy and security.

After the meeting with Tsipras, Samaras said that he will ask “growth measures” from Greece’ lenders.

Samaras: “We abide by the agreement and also ask the obvious, that such policies will exist which the development will give the right to breath and to hope to millions of Greeks.”

In the context of exploratory talks to form a government, Antonis Samaras is scheduled to meet Alexis Tsipras (SYRIZA) at 2 p.m., Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) at 6 p.m. and Panos Kammenos (INDEPGREEKS) at 7 p.m. on Monday.

SYRIZA has been rejecting so far the participation in a pro-bailout government with ND-PASOK. 

Greek media consider as most likely a ND-PASOK-DEMOCRATIC LEFT government. However no appointment with DEMLEFT-leader Fotis Kouvelis has been announced yet by Samaras.  

Government-Mandates

According to Greek Constitution, Samaras has three days to conclude the exploratory talks. If he fails to form a government, he would have to return the mandate.

Then the President will hand it out to Alexis Tsipras as SYRIZA emerges second party. If he also fails to form a government within 3 days, Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) will receive the mandate.

If the leaders of the three parties prove unsuccessful to form a government, the President calls the leaders of all parties and try to form a broader government.

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2 Responses to “Greek Elections 2012 – Samaras: “National Salvation Gov” and “Loan Agreement Modifications””

  1. APPDS Says:

    Look for 3rd round of elections in #Greece

  2. Greek Elections 2012 – Samaras: “National Salvation Gov” and “Loan Agreement Modifications” | News on World Events | Scoop.it Says:

    […] "Antonis Samaras, leader of Greek elections winner Nea Dimocratia received at Monday noon the mandate to form the new Greek government. As he did not achieve the absolute majority, he is bound to form a coalition government."   Samaras has stated that the austerity programme must be modified, although not renounced. And yet he expects the Greek economy to still grow?   In order to try and form a coalition government he has meetings today with Alexis Tsipras of SYRIZA, which polled second place in the election, and later with Evangelos Venizelos of PASOK, the party that polled third place.   "According to Greek Constitution, Samaras has three days to conclude the exploratory talks. If he fails to form a government, he would have to return the mandate."   The events continue to unfold.  […]

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