Greece: Pangalos says “yes” to coalition government
Talking on the Athens 9,84 radio station, vice president Theodoros Pangalos said no to early elections but yes to a coalition government made up of the two major political parties.
“Elections should be held within the time frame provided for by the constitution, which is every four years. Traditionally, and on principle if you will, I am an enemy of early elections", he said.
But he welcomed the possibility of a PASOK-New Democracy coalition government, due to the crisis in the country, and seemed positive towards "a government that will result from the support of both parties. I'm not saying whether it will be the same persons, how they would regulate their relations, and the correlations of powers. This issue is not my concern. I'm not the leader of my party and obviously all the elected members of the party will express their opinion, including the Bureau of the Parliamentary Group, the PASOK Political Council etc., as well as their New Democracy counterparts."
He clarified that he prefers the exhaustion of the four years to "having someone else, about whom we know nothing beyond generalities, who says 'I'll do other or better things', and vote upon this basis, solely motivated by the current discontent and pressure on public opinion."