Greek opposition leader calls for caretaker gov't

November 3, 2011 14:19


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ATHENS, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Greece's conservative opposition leader on Thursday called for a caretaker government to lead the country until snap elections are held, saying the present parliament should ratify a bailout package agreed last month.

Antonis Samaras, head of the New Democracy party, said a vital sixth tranche of aid from foreign lenders to keep Greece afloat should be released as soon as possible and before snap elections are held.

Samaras, whose party is expected to win the largest share of votes if elections were held now, said he would not back down from his demand for new elections.

Prime Minister George Papandreou's government appeared on the verge of collapse on Thursday after his call for a referendum triggered a revolt within his party and raised the prospect that the country could be forced to quit the euro zone.

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