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Greek cabinet backs referendum proposal

11-02-2011 15:19 BJT

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The Greek government says Prime Minister George Papandreou's cabinet has decided to back his referendum call.

After a gruelling seven-hour Cabinet meeting, a government spokesman said Papandreou's ministers expressed "total support" for the initiatives and said the referendum would be held "as soon as possible."

However, government officials said two ministers still had strong reservations about the referendum, which would be the first in Greece since the country voted to abolish the monarchy in 1974.

George Papandreou's government still faced a battle for survival with a vote of confidence scheduled for Friday. He is also expected to face a strong grilling from frustrated European leaders later in the day, ahead of a Group of 20 summit in France.



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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