Greece has ‘no time to waste,’ Samaras tells new cabinet

Greece’s new government aims to serve a full four year term, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Tuesday as he called for greater stability and better coordination between the parties in the two-member coalition.

Speaking to the members of his new cabinet after a swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace earlier in the day, the conservative leader said that the government’s immediate targets include concluding talks with the country’s international lenders, achieving a primary surplus and preparing for the rotating European Presidency next year.

“We need stable steps in order to implement all the necessary reforms,” Samaras said adding that the country has “no time to waste.”

“Each of us has his own political beliefs but the overriding ideology right now is saving the country,” he said.

Samaras late Monday revamped his cabinet after losing one of two coalition partners, giving the socialist PASOK party key ministries in a bid to consolidate support from his remaining partner.