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PASOK MP Floridis quits Parliament

PASOK MP Giorgos Floridis resigned on Thursday after aiming criticism at both the government and opposition New Democracy.

In a letter to parliamentary speaker Filippos Petsalnikos, Floridis accuser Prime Minister George Papandreou and ND leader Antonis Samaras of not living up to the demands of the tough situation facing Greece.

He accused the two leaders of focussing on party political, rather than national, interests. Floridis, an MP for Kilkis in northern Greece, said that recent events ?sealed the end of a worn-out and redundant political system.?

Floridis became the second PASOK MP after Giorgos Lianis to resign this week. However, unlike Lianis, Floridis will not keep his seat and continue in Parliament as an independent. His place will be taken by PASOK?s Giorgos Fragidis.

This means that the government maintains a majority of five in Parliament, which could prove crucial if Papandreou goes ahead with plans to ask for a vote of confidence this week once he has reshuffled his Cabinet.