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LAOS support for measures not a given, says MP

The right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) might not approve Greece?s latest loan agreement in Parliament and could leave the coalition government, one of the party?s highest-profile MPs has told Skai radio.

Thanos Plevris indicated that LAOS, the junior partner in the three-party interim administration with 16 seats in Parliament, wanted to support the government but had reservations about some of the measures being demanded by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

?We are minded to support the country but this will not happen at any cost,? said the deputy.

LAOS would consider leaving the government if the party discovers that some of the measures in the new loan agreement ?challenge the foundations of our national sovereignty.?

Nationalist leader Giorgos Karatzaferis quoted poet Constantine P. Cavafy and the Beatles early on Thursday as he left the meeting of party leaders and explained that he objected to the brief time he had to study the document containing the measures.

Karatzaferis stressed that he wanted the Council of Audit and the Bank of Greece to advise him on whether the measures were constitutional and would restore economic growth.

Plevras added that should the measures be voted through Parliament this Sunday, the interim government should remain in place for another six months but that Prime Minister Lucas Papademos should reshuffle his cabinet, making it smaller in the process.