Greek conservative opposition leader calls for snap elections

ATHENS Tue Nov 1, 2011 6:49am EDT

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's opposition leader dismissed on Tuesday the government's call for a referendum on a new bailout deal for the debt-laden country and called for snap elections instead.

"Elections are a national necessity," conservative leader Antonis Samaras told reporters after meeting the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.

Prime Minister George Papandreou's call for a referendum was putting Greece's EU membership at risk, Samaras said, adding that his New Democracy party was determined to avert any such "opportunistic experiments."

(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas; Writing by Harry Papachristou)

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