LAOS joins Papandreou in deciding to sit out snap elections


Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) became the latest party to announce it will not run in the September 20 elections.

Ultranationalist LAOS was part of the interim government led by ex-central banker Lucas Papademos between November 2011 and February 2012. However, it did not enter Parliament in January and the party suggested in a statement that the timing is not right for it to run in the snap polls.

A day earlier ex-prime minister George Papandreou also revealed he would not be taking part in the elections with his Movement of Democratic Socialists. Papandreou said the party did not have the financial resources needed to run.

Stylida Mayor Apostolos Gletsos, an actor, also said this week that his Teleia party would not participate in the polls.