PASOK MP calls for Papaconstantinou to go

PASOK deputy Dimitris Lintzeris has called for Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou to step down and for the government to put a team in charge of economic policy that would be more acceptable to the public.

Speaking to Skai radio on Sunday, Lintzeris, who represents Piraeus, said that Papaconstantinou had failed to steer the Greek economy to calmer waters.

?Some measures are unavoidable in order to secure loans,? he said. ?But we need an economic team made up of worthwhile members, not just from one party. This has to be a national effort.?

Lintzeris said that as a party, PASOK had failed to pinpoint what has gone wrong despite holding several meetings over the past few days.

?No effective self-criticism has taken place and responsibility was apportioned,? he said. ?There have to be resignations and a change in policy. The failure of our economic policymakers is obvious.

?We told the Greek people last year that we are taking very tough measures so we don?t have to take anymore in the future but we are doing exactly that. Family budgets are in a mess, unemployment is sky high and a large part of the population has gone bankrupt.?

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