Poll: Greeks strongly back unity govt and new PM

November 12, 2011 20:02


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ATHENS - An overwhelming majority of Greeks believe a coalition government, like the one formed on Friday, gives them the best chance of fighting an economic crisis, a poll published on Saturday showed.

A total of 68 percent of Greeks were in favor of a unity government like that headed by former European Central Bank vice president Lucas Papademos versus 13 percent who favor a single party in power, according to the survey by pollsters MRB, published in newspaper Realnews.

Seventy five percent of respondents gave a posItive rating to Papademos, who has a short-term mandate to start turning around an economy in its fourth year of recession.

Many have expressed relief that the new government, tasked with pushing through a 130 billion-euro bailout Greece needs to avoid immediate bankruptcy, will be headed by an internationally-recognized technocrat.

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