Premier gets last chance

Greek voters feel frustrated and disillusioned. In 2004, a majority believed in conservative leader Costas Karamanlis, only to be disappointed with many aspects of New Democracy’s administration. Worse still, a number of key government officials were found to be implicated in scandals and economic mismanagement. Now voters seem willing to give the prime minister one more chance to make amends. The recent reshuffle showed that he is in touch with society and that he is aware of his mistakes. Success will depend on his new economic policy team, which will be called to handle a crucial situation. It will also depend on restoring the feelings about public safety, which have been damaged. Similarly, voters appear reluctant to trust socialist opposition leader George Papandreou, who is stubbornly refusing to explain how he intends to govern and with whom. His timidity is costing PASOK. As for SYRIZA, the Coalition of the Radical Left is paying the price for its irresponsible stance during the events of last December.

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