Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Greek Election Campaign Kicks Off Amid Uncertainty, Nervousness

by Stelios Bouras

Wall Street Journal

December 30, 2014

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras formally requested the dissolution of Parliament on Tuesday, marking the beginning of a monthlong election period that the government has already started to frame as a referendum on Greece’s future in the eurozone.

In a meeting with President Karolos Papoulias, Mr. Samaras obliquely blamed the opposition Syriza party for blocking December’s parliamentary procedure to elect a new head of state.

Parliament’s failure to elect a new president in a third and final vote this week has forced Greece to hold early national elections. The elections are scheduled to be held on Jan. 25, some 18 months ahead of schedule.

“When it comes to the security and stability of our nation, then you understand that a battle for truth and responsibility is needed,” Mr. Samaras said. “With the country’s presence in Europe depending on this battle, you understand that we will approach it with a sense of responsibility for the future of our children.”


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