Papandreou back to frontline action

Sources close to ex-Prime Minister George Papandreou have confirmed that he is seeking a new and active role in Greek politics but that he has not yet decided to form his own party to run in snap elections, preferring instead for a president to be elected this month and a government of “national understanding” to be formed.

“George Papandreou is present and is taking an active role in events,” a source close the former PASOK leader said. Papandreou’s call for better cooperation between the government and opposition has been backed by four PASOK MPs so far.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos has resisted Papandreou’s calls and has plans to call a congress in early January for a new center-left party, Democratic Alignment, to be formed if Parliament fails to elected a president and snap elections are called.