OPINION

Poll talk is out of order

Prime Minister George Papandreou took a while to realize the magnitude of the country’s financial problems and eventually had to turn to the IMF and the EU for a bailout plan. He does however seem committed to the reforms and appears to have the courage to push them through. Yet, many Greek and international observers are wondering why he is hesitating to remove from government members that are openly sabotaging the recovery plan or are lackadaisical about enforcing reforms. Ultimately, any failure will fall on Papandreou’s shoulders. Under these circumstances, it is rash to talk about early elections. The hiatus in leadership during an election campaign is the last thing the country needs. What it needs is a well coordinated government working for the same cause, irrespective of the political cost.