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Greek PM calls for coalition, signals he may quit
November 4, 2011 / 10:20 PM / 6 years ago

Greek PM calls for coalition, signals he may quit

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called on Friday for a new coalition government to approve a bailout deal vital for saving the country from bankruptcy and tackling the euro zone’s economic crisis, and signaled he was ready to stand down.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou addresses lawmakers in the parliament prior to a confidence vote in Athens November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

Papandreou told parliament that he would go to the Greek president on Saturday to discuss formation of a broader-based government that would secure the 130 billion euro ($179 billion) bailout, adding that he was willing to discuss who would head a new administration.

“The last thing I care about is my post. I don’t care even if I am not reelected. The time has come to make a new effort... I never thought of politics as a profession,” he said before a parliamentary vote of confidence in his government.

Additional reporting by Reuters Athens bureau; Writing by David Stamp

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