Independent MP against new elections

Independent parliamentary deputy and former PASOK member Andreas Loverdos would not cast a vote that would lead the country to a new round of elections at this time.

Speaking on Skai on Friday, the former health and labor minister who recently launched a new party called “Pact for a New Greece,” said that his position was one of “national responsiblity” that would avoid a “disastrous development.”

Loverdos’s comments were made following a third meeting on Thursday between the government coalition partners, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left Fotis Kouvelis, regarding the closure of state broadcaster ERT.

“People voted twice last year and now what needs to be done must be done,” said Loverdos, added that a new round of elections would lead to new deficits, new measures and Greeks losing wages.

“If it comes down to us to avoid elections, they will be avoided,” he said.