Greek president calls for zero tolerance against corruption

10:07, May 11, 2010      

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Greek President Karolos Papoulias called for zero tolerance against corruption Monday during a meeting with political party leaders.

"The crisis Greece faces today is not only economic, but also political, since citizens are disappointed with politicians," Papoulias stressed, expressing a basic demand of Greek people who have been protesting out on the streets against austerity measures for the past five months.

The National Council meeting was convened at the request of Prime Minister George Papandreou for an exchange of views on the latest developments after a eurozone summit approved a bailout package for the Greek economy by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Apart from the premier and leader of the ruling socialist PASOK party, the meeting was attended by main opposition center-right New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras, far-Right Popular Orthodox Rally leader George Karatzaferis and Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou who briefed these political leaders on the latest developments of the debt crisis.

Source: Xinhua

The leaders of the country's two Leftist parties represented in parliament, Aleka Papariga, general secretary of the Communist Party of Greece, and Alexis Tsipras, head of the Coalition of the Radical Left, abstained from the meeting in protest of government policies.

Source: Xinhua
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