PM asks for meeting with Papoulias, Samaras

Prime Minister George Papandreou reportedly told his ministers during an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Sunday afternoon that he had asked President Karolos Papoulias to host a meeting between himself and opposition leader Antonis Samaras, during which the premier will announce his resignation.

Skai radio reported early on Sunday evening that Papandreou saw this as the only way for him to resign in a way that Samaras would accept so as to offer his consent.

“I have asked the President to invite me and Samaras, and this may take place immediately after this meeting,» Skai reported, adding that once an agreement is made, Papandreou will no longer be prime minister.