Greek PM appeals to coalition allies to back austerity

ATHENS Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:15am EDT

Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attends a news conference at the end of the second session of a two-day European Union leaders summit in Brussels October 19, 2012. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attends a news conference at the end of the second session of a two-day European Union leaders summit in Brussels October 19, 2012.

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras appealed to his coalition partners on Tuesday to approve in parliament a new wave of austerity measures demanded by international lenders.

The government had completed negotiations on the 2013 budget and the austerity measures after working until the very end to obtain concessions from lenders, Samaras said in a statement.

"What would happen if the deal isn't passed and the country is led to chaos?" he said in the statement.

"Such dangers must be avoided. That is the responsibility of each party and every lawmaker individually."

(Reporting by Athens bureau)

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