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European Council president pleads for unity

The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, asked for Greek politicians to put aside their differences and unite for the good of the country.

?I call on the Greek government and all Greek political and economic leaders to take their responsibility,? he said during a speech in Brussels on Thursday.

?This is no time for party politics. Too much is at stake, and Greek citizens know this.

?They ask, and so do the fellow members of the eurozone, that those responsible now take the economic future of Greece firmly in hand. This is a time, not to stand divided, but for unity in action.?

However, Aleka Papariga, the leader of the Communist Party (KKE), Greece?s third-largest party, repeated her calls on Thursday for elections to be held.

The chief of the right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), Giorgos Karatzaferis, also warned his party to be prepared for elections. Karatzaferis said that Prime Minister George Papandreou?s reshuffle would only lead to the creation of a ?caretaker? government.