Greek conservatives reject government new austerity plan

ATHENS Tue May 24, 2011 6:30am EDT

ATHENS (Reuters) - The leader of Greece's conservative political opposition on Tuesday rejected the government's new package of fiscal measures to slash deficits, saying it would not help the economy to recover.

"I am not going to agree to this recipe which has been proven wrong," New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras said after a meeting with Prime Minister George Papandreou.

The government enjoys a comfortable majority in parliament but Papandreou is seeking wider political consensus before taking additional austerity measures to exit a debt crisis.

(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos)

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