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Economic growth key factor in Greek parliamentary election

05-04-2012 14:39 BJT

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Greece will hold its first parliamentary election on Sunday since its debt crisis began. Experts say promoting economic growth is a key factor deciding the fate of each party.

Antonis Samaras is calling on Greeks to give him a mandate to rule alone. For the past six months, the leader of the centrist-right party has worked in a coalition with the majority socialist Pasok party. Samaras is stressing growth over austerity and says he’s had enough.

Greek conservative party leader Antonis Samaras addresses supporters during
a pre-election rally in the town of Thessaloniki May 2, 2012. Greece will
hold an election on May 6, with the largest number of seats expected to fall
to the New Democracy party, whose leader Samaras is pledging lower taxes
and to call a halt to across-the-board wage and pension cuts, expecting to
make up the shortfall through better collections. REUTERS/Grigoris Siamidis

Antonis Samaras said, "My fears have been vindicated. The debt was uncontrollable and it needed a haircut. Now, of course, everybody speaks about growth, both in Greece and abroad."

Although ahead in the polls, New Democracy doesn’t have guaranteed majority. Experts say the coalition is divided over how to deal with the debt crisis and whether to continue austerity measures.

Theordore Couloumbis, European and Foreign Policy analyst, said, "The worst thing that could happen to us is after the election we would not able to form a government and we will go to elections again and that will lose very important time we all need in order to stabilize our economy and we may even worsen our current economic situation."

Couloumbis says no matter who controls the parliament, the most important thing is to remain in the eurozone. He predicts bankruptcy if Greece pulls out.


    Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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