November 3, 2011 / 2:21 PM / 8 years ago

Greek referendum to be scrapped if political deal struck-official

ATHENS, Nov 3 (Reuters) - A proposed Greek referendum on the country’s bailout package will be scrapped if ruling and opposition parties strike a deal to resolve the country’s political crisis, an official from the prime minister’s office said on Thursday.

“There is no reason to have a referendum if there is consensus between the two large parties,” the official said.

Prime Minister George Papandreou earlier this week made a surprise decision to seek a referendum, triggering an uproar within Greece and from European partners. His government bowed to pressure on Thursday and agreed to hold talks with the opposition on its demand for a caretaker government.

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