Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday evening announced that he will form a “new government” the next day and seek a renewed vote of confidence from Parliament, capping off a day of intense political speculation in Athens — all amid confirmed same-day reports that he could consider some sort of power sharing agreement.
In a televised address to the nation, Papandreou accused the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party of handling the issue of consensus among the parties for the formation of a government of wider acceptance “in an absolutely communicational way and not in terms of national responsibility.”
The prime minister’s statement reads as follows:
“The country is experiencing crucial moments.
We must safeguard the future of the country with a feeling of national responsibility, handling the present multiform crisis with determination.
I assumed the responsibility of governance at a time when the country was on the verge of disaster and bankruptcy.
We took the sins of others on our shoulders.
With dedication our government has been waging the struggle for the country’s rescue for the past 20 months.
And the country has remained upright also opening prospects for major changes.I requested that this effort take the characteristics of a common national effort.
The duty is a national one, not a partisan one.
I made continuous proposals for cooperation to the opposition parties.
Today I came back with new proposals to the leaders of all parties, for the necessary national consensus to be achieved.
I clarified that I never related my responsibility with posts.
Despite my stance, the main opposition party handled this whole effort with communicational terms and not with terms of political and national responsibility.
Before even the essence was discussed, terms were raised publicly that can not be accepted, because they keep the country in prolonged instability and introversion, while the major national issue is the handling of the public debt.
I have learnt in my life to wage struggles for the country, for the economy, for the citizens, for values.
Let us all assume the responsibilities for our actions towards the country.
I shall continue along the same path, the path of duty, together with the Parliamentary Group of PASOK, the cadres and the Greek people.
I shall form a new government tomorrow and immediately afterwards I shall request a vote of confidence from Parliament.
It is the time of responsibility.”