Tuesday October 21, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
24o C
16o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Amid mounting dissent, tables turn on PM

 Papandreou finds himself fightng for political survival after referendum proposal backfires
The PM met with the Cabinet on Tuesday night to discuss his call for a referendum

A day after calling for a referendum on whether Greece should adopt the debt deal it agreed with its eurozone partners last week, Prime Minister George Papandreou faced a fight for his political survival as he came under intense pressure from within his own party and from opposition politicians to ditch the idea and call snap elections or form a coalition government.

Papandreou met with the Cabinet on Tuesday night to discuss his decision to demand a referendum, an initiative that even Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos was in the dark about, according to sources close to him. Venizelos was hospitalized early on Tuesday with suspected appendicitis. The meeting went on late into the night but Papandreou is thought to have told his ministers that he would not back down from his referendum proposal and a planned vote of confidence in Parliament on Friday.

The prime minister appears to have challenged the ministers who disagree with him to bring his government down in Friday’s vote. Sources said that Health Minister Andreas Loverdos, Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and Transport Minister Yiannis Ragousis expressed objections to the idea of holding a referendum.

The first setback ahead of Friday’s ballot was dealt when Socialist deputy Milena Apostolaki said that she was quitting PASOK’s parliamentary group to become an independent. She referred to the referendum proposal as “wrong and divisive.” Her decision reduced the government’s presence in the 300-seat Parliament to just 152.

A further blow to PASOK’s majority before the vote cannot be discounted but even if the government survives Friday’s ballot, Papandreou’s referendum proposal will have to be put to another vote in Parliament. Again, a simple majority would be needed but it seems unlikely that the government would be able to garner even this.

Apart from Apostolaki, PASOK lawmakers Eva Kaili, Vasso Papandreou, Mimis Androulakis and Hara Kefalidou indicated they would not support the referendum. Were the motion to be defeated, Papandreou’s position would become untenable. Several of the MPs set to vote against the referendum suggested that the prime minister should instead try to form a national unity government.

Opposition parties insisted that snap polls were the only way forward. “Elections are a national necessity,” New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said after talks with President Karolos Papoulias. Samaras said he was “determined to avert, at all costs, such reckless adventurism,” referring to the referendum proposal.

ND is expecting EU leaders to pressure Samaras into sticking to an EU debt deal for Greece if he comes to power.

Leftist parties appealed to Greeks to resume anti-austerity protests, with the Communist Party (KKE) calling for a rally outside Parliament on Friday to coincide with the vote. Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader Giorgos Karatzaferis reportedly proposed to Samaras that both parties’ MPs boycott the confidence vote.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday November 1, 2011 (23:38)  
Wage dispute hurts gov’t unity before troika return
Most Britons want to see Parthenon Marbles back in Athens, poll shows
Turkey tests Cyprus after research vessel encroaches on offshore gas area
Doctors’ disiplinary panel needs surgery
ANALYSIS
At loggerheads over role of the IMF
The Greek coalition government’s plan for a clean exit from the European Union / International Monetary Fund program was dealt a deadly blow by the markets last week on the back of rising po...
Hong Kong telecom group buys out Greek start-up
Hong Kong-based telecommunications multinational PCCW Global has announced it has bought out Greek start-up Crypteia Networks, aiming to incorporate its products into the group’s portfolio. ...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
PAOK fans stop coach Markopoulos´s move to Olympiakos
Olympiakos is once again in the lookout for a new coach after the refusal of PAOK to release Soulis Markopoulos, while Panathinaikos defeated Kolossos on Rhodes on Monday to become the only ...
BASKETBALL
Reds lose to Nea Kifissia, search for new coach
Nea Kifissia recorded the biggest win of its short history in the top flight defeating Olympiakos 68-67 on Sunday, in a Basket League weekend marred by the abandonment of the Thessaloniki de...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Stop moaning and get in the game
There are so many people who love spending their days talking about the crisis and proclaiming that they know exactly what needs to be done to solve the country’s problems. Some of them obvi...
EDITORIAL
Exorcising the ghosts
Developments last week held in store an uncomfortably realistic understanding of the risks engulfing the country. The massive sell-off in Greece’s stock and bond markets was a strong shock. ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. PAOK fans stop coach Markopoulos´s move to Olympiakos
2. At loggerheads over role of the IMF
3. Hong Kong telecom group buys out Greek start-up
4. Local tourism could see more arrivals, investments next year
5. Troika exerts pressure using return date
6. Wage dispute hurts gov’t unity before troika return
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
2. Bakers encircle Thessaloniki's White Tower with giant 'koulouri'
3. Turkish vessel enters Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone
4. European leaders pivot back to debt crisis after wake-up call
5. Hardouvelis does not see 'big surprises' in ECB stress tests
6. Stop moaning and get in the game
Today
This Week
1. Possible third figure in Amphipolis mosaic may be uncovered shortly
2. Greece to contribute 1 mln towards Gaza reconstruction
3. Greece nearing bailout exit, says gov't spokesperson after IMF talks
4. Istanbul skyscraper casts shadow over Greece's banking ambitions
5. Coalition shooting itself in the foot
6. GPO poll gives SYRIZA clear lead over New Democracy
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.