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Mossialos says coalition should stay until 2013

Prominent Socialist PASOK deputy and former government spokesman, Ilias Mossialos, told Skai on Wednesday that the country still has major hurdles to overcome and that the coalition government of the former banker Lucas Papademos should remain in power until at least September, even until 2013, to ensure that the necessary work is done before elections are held.

Noting that elections are scheduled for 2013 anyway, Mossialos said that even conservative New Democracy ? which has been pressing for early elections — acknowledges the scope and depth of the country?s problems.

The coalition government that Papademos was appointed to lead last month was originally expected to play a transitional role ? ensuring that Greece secures crucial rescue funding and finalizes a new debt plan with its creditors ? before early elections are held. The date suggested for early polls was February 19 but it appears increasingly likely that Papademos? administration will need more time to establish some stability before snap polls.