Greek PM vows to bring debt-ravaged country new opportunities

07:52, May 07, 2010      

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The current financial crisis in Greece can become an opportunity for the debt-ravaged country to seek a better future, Prime Minister George Pepandreou told parliament Thursday.

Addressing lawmakers before a pending vote on new austerity measures, Pepandreou said that the current crisis can be turned into a miracle in the future with hard effort.

"People's anger and protests against the austerity measures that led us here can become a power for change to create a better country and a better future," he said, referring to the wave of deadly strikes and demonstrations on Wednesday.

"Violence will sink us deeper in recession," he said.

The prime minister stressed that his government will not move back and will implement necessary reforms.

"We will either vote in favor, or condemn the country to bankruptcy," Papandreou said in a speech broadcast on most Greek television channels.

Source: Xinhua


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