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New IMF chief urges Greek "national agreement" on austerity

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PARIS, June 28 (Xinhua) -- The newly-elected Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde Tuesday called on Greece to work toward a "national agreement" for an austerity budget to clear the parliament.

"If I have a message to get across tonight for Greece, it is a call to Greek political opposition that it should join a national agreement with the present ruling party," Lagarde said on the TF1 television channel in the wake of her appointment.

Lagarde, the incumbent French finance minsiter, will become the IMF's first female chief next Tuesday.

"There is really the destiny of a country, its security," said Lagarde, referring to Greece, a country that is on the verge of bankruptcy unless its Parliament endorses a critical austerity budget on Wednesday.

"I think it's time to scorn at political differences," Lagarde added, describing Greece's exit from euro zone as the "worst scenario." "It is imperative to prevent (the scenario) by all means," she said.

The Wednesday parliament vote was preluded by a 48-hour general strike called by the Greek opposition. The police used tear gas to disperse the angry protesters.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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