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article imageGreek party leaders call for a government of national unity

By Katerina Nikolas     Jun 11, 2012 in Politics
Athens - As the Greek electorate prepare to vote for the second time on June 17, the prospect of a second stalemate looms. Party leaders have called for a government of national unity to prevent confusion and a third election.
There appears to be no clear leader in the political race to form a new Greek government next Sunday, leaving it entirely possible that the current stalemate will continue.
Faced with such a prospect party leaders have called for a government of national unity to cooperate and avoid a third election which New Democracy leader Anthonis Samaras described as "suicidal." Athens News reported Samaras said "We must have a government by any means."
PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, who appears oblivious to the fact that his party's days are well and truly over, sent a letter to the other party leaders comprising an eight point plan for creating a unity government. Reluctant to admit that PASOK's power days are in the past now Ekathimerini reported Venizelos said PASOK was going through a “transitional phase.”
The eight point plan letter was not sent to Golden Dawn because Venizelos said the party "does not meet the fundamental requirement respect for the democratic and parliamentary order" Ta Nea reported.
Fotis Kouvelis, leader of the Democratic Left and the people's favourite to be the next prime minister of Greece, said "We will do whatever we can in order for the country not to remain ungoverned."
Venizelos's calls for a unity government were however dismissed by SYRIZA, which is neck and neck in the polls with New Democracy, who dismissed the proposal as lacking clarity.
Ekathimerini published the eight point plan of Evangelos Venizelos for "national shared responsibility."
1. Creating a unity government that will be in place until at least the European Parliament elections of 2014.
2. For all parties in the government to take part in the attempt to renegotiate the most onerous terms of the EU-IMF bailout.
3. Extending the fiscal adjustment period by three years (from 2014 to 2017).
4. Safeguarding the sustainability of Greek public debt.
5. To restart the discussion about structural reforms.
6. To agree on a new, simple and socially just taxation system.
7. To agree that Greece needs investment and support for jobs and the real economy.
8. To strengthen the social insurance system.
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