Independent MP Papadimitriou won’t support gov’t

Independent MP Elsa Papadimitriou said on Friday morning that she would not support the government in tonight?s confidence vote.

Papadimitriou was ousted from New Democracy in the summer, when she voted for the government?s medium-term fiscal plan but said she would not be backing PASOK and Prime Minister George Papandreou again.

?I had decided to support Mr Papandreou after the achievements last week [when the new bailout was agreed in Brussels] but all the parties, particularly the big two, have handled the situation so badly this week that I cannot vote for members of this government and this party that have shocked the world,? she told reporters.

?Mr Papandreou deserves our vote if he says the he will begin serious discussions tomorrow for the formation of a national unity government.?