Greek ruling party supports Papoulias' second presidential term

10:28, January 28, 2010      

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Greece's President Karolos Papoulias met Wednesday the country's Prime Minister George Papandreou who formally announced the ruling PASOK party's Parliamentary Group intention of re-electing Papoulias as head of state next week.

"I believe the majority of Greek citizens, as the political world, find obvious the renewal of your mandate in office, since you have worked in the best possible manner and strengthened the sense of security and confidence in the country, especially in tough times," Papandreou said.

Papoulias replied that he did nothing more than his duty as a Greek citizen, working hard for the benefit of the country.

The current President's re-election on February 4 also has the official support of the center right opposition New Democracy party(ND). The party's leader Antonis Samaras sent on Wednesday morning a letter to the Parliament Speaker Philippos Petsalnikos, stating that ND's Parliamentary Group backs the renewal of Papoulias' term as President of the Republic.

Papoulias was first elected by the country's 300-member parliament on February 8 2005 with 279 votes. This time it is expected that he will gather 266 votes.

During the meeting at the Presidential Mansion, Greece's premier also referred to the "difficult period Greece faces today", making a plea to all Greeks, including farmers who continue their protests with blockades across the country for a second week, to help for the benefit of the country.

"Problems cannot be solved with road blocks, but through dialogue. It is everyone's duty to contribute to this," Papandreou concluded, expressing confidence that Greece will end up victorious after a campaign on an international level to change its image.

Source: Xinhua
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