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Samaras says no to elections after Easter

New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras made it clear in a newspaper article published on Saturday that the elections will have to take place before mid-April.

Answering to the statement by Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos that the time of the elections is set for late April, government partner Samaras wrote that he will not tolerate any delays and that the elections will have to be held before Easter, which is on April 15.

?We had identified as the most appropriate date the 19th of February. If the agreement for the bond swap is reached earlier, the elections can take place on an earlier date.

?If it takes a few more weeks, then the elections can be delayed a little more. But let?s be clear about it: Not until after Easter.

?It is in the country?s interests that there emerges a government with a fresh and strong mandate. Anyone playing petty party political games will come up against our sense of responsibility and our determination,? wrote the New Democracy president, who leads the second of the three coalition parties backing the Lucas Papademos government.