Papandreou vows 'imminent' Greek unity cabinet: France

9th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Prime Minister George Papandreou assured French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday that a new Greek unity government to pull the country out of its debt crisis was imminent, the Elysee palace said.

Papandreou informed Sarkozy in a phone conversation that "a new government with the support of the ruling majority and the opposition will be set up imminently," Sarkozy's office said in a statement.

Sarkozy "hailed Mr Papandreou's action and looked forward to a broad unity government that will permit the complete implementation by Greece of the October 27 agreement," it said.

The debt-laden country is under intense international pressure to move swiftly to implement an EU rescue deal agreed in October and stave off bankruptcy amid fears the crisis could destabilise the entire eurozone.

Papandreou is reportedly to resign on Wednesday, after which all party leaders will be summoned by President Carolos Papoulias and the new administration will be announced.

© 2011 AFP

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