Antonis Samaras, leader of Greece’s New Democracy party, appealed to Greeks for the support that will give him victory at elections on May 6 and allow him to govern without the support of rival party, Pasok.
Teaming up with Pasok would leave his party “hostage, when New Democracy wants to be rid of Pasok,” Samaras told thousands of flag-waving supporters at his final campaign rally in the capital Athens today. Such a government “isn’t in the interests of the people,” he said.
Samaras is making his final push to close in on an outright majority even as most polls show his party will fall short of the 151 seats needed to govern alone. Cooperation between New Democracy and Pasok, Greece’s two largest political parties and current government partners, could collect the votes needed to form a government and continue implementing austerity measures required to keep bailout funds flowing.
Failure to keep to those pledges, which underpinned a 130 billion-euro ($172 billion) second rescue package earlier this year, could threaten Greece’s place in the euro area.
“I seek your vote to change everything,” Samaras said. He repeated pledges to put growth first on the agenda for Greece’s recovery, slash state spending, sell assets and lower taxes to boost an economy stuck in a fifth year of recession.
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