Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s PASOK’s government is in grave danger of collapsing today following a recent wave of defections in protest to his decision to move ahead with a referendum that might have Greece exit the Euro. The ruling Socialists suffered a defection when Milena Apostolaki, a former MP declared herself an independent on Monday expressing her opposition to Papandreou’s decision to hold this referendum.
The degrading ultimatum handed over from Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Nikola Sarkozy to Greece fuelled the existing anger against Papandreou, with many of his MPs demanding that he step down immediately.
Just a couple of hours after the announcement was made in Cannes, Finance Minister and Vice-Premier Evangelos Venizelos issued a statement calling on Papandreou to withdraw the decision to hold a referendum.
In addition, PASOK MPs: Michalis Chrysohoidis, Andreas Loverdos, Vasso Papandreou, Fofi Gennimatas, Odysseas Kostantopoulos, Costas Skandalidis, Dimitris Lintzeris, Pythagoras Vardikos, Kostas Kartalis and Mimis Androulakis all declared this morning that they will not support the initiative for the referendum.
In all actuality over three dozen MPs are expressing concern over the referendum or Papandreou’s handling of the crisis, or both.
It was also just announced that MPs are forming a petition so that PASOK’s Parliamentary Group can convene.
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