OPINION

The time has come to face reality

An end must be put to the uncertainty that is gripping the country. In such times, when global markets are being shaken to their core, we in Greece cannot have a government or a local market that appears frozen to the spot simply because everyone is waiting with bated breath to see whether we will see a Cabinet reshuffle or go to the polls. The government has the support of Parliament and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis can and must govern the country. Those ministers who have grown weary, who have been compromised or exposed as being inadequate can easily be changed in a reshuffle. Elections should be the last option and considered only if the government loses its parliamentary support or feels that it is completely at odds with public sentiment. Otherwise, elections will just be an unnecessary tribulation. And as far as the opposition is concerned, it should convince voters that it has viable solutions for pressing problems rather than waiting for the government to fall like an overripe fruit. In other words, both the government and opposition must convince us that they are capable of governing the country.