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Papandreou Says Will Move Toward National Cooperation Govt

November 04, 2011

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said he’ll move toward a cross-party administration as early general elections should not happen now as they would put in doubt the Oct. 26 agreement with the European Union.

“If we hold immediate elections without ensuring the implementaion of the agreement, everything would be in doubt as our duty was to immediately begin discussions with our partners,” Papandreou told lawmakers ahead of a confidence vote in comments televised live on Vouli TV. “The solution is cross-party support of the agreement that will ensure the salvation of the country and for elections to be held once the situation has normalized.”

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