Greek PM survives confidence vote
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Greek Prime Minister survived a close confidence vote early Saturday morning. The vote was 153–145 for Papandreou.
Upon winning, Papandreou stated he may step aside if necessary. Finance Ministerstated a new government would be formed to last until the end of February. Venizelos has been proposed as a interim Prime Minister to succeed Papandreou.
Opposition leaderdemanded immediate elections. He stated, "The masks have fallen. Mr. Papandreou has rejected our proposals in their entirety. The responsibility he bears is huge. The only solution is elections." The confidence motion came about after Papandreou proposed a referendum on the Greek bailout plan. After fierce opposition from other European leaders, the referendum was scrapped on Thursday.
- Associated Press. "Greece prime minister survives confidence vote, may step aside" — , November 4, 2011
- Associated Press. "Greek PM Promises Powersharing Talks, Survives Confidence Vote Despite Handling of Debt Deal" — , November 4, 2011
- BBC News. "Greek PM Papandreou faces unity challenge over bailout" — , November 5, 2011