Greek PM tells France new gov't to emerge imminently

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paris - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has told French President Nicolas Sarkozy that an "imminent" new government will be in place, according to a brief statement issued by the Elysee Palace on Wednesday.

The two leaders had a telephone conversation in the day, during which Sarkozy was informed of "the imminent establishment of a new government in Greece with support from the majority and the opposition", the French president's office said.

The statement continued with congratulations from Sarkozy to Greece on the wider political union, expecting quick implementation of new austerity measures to secure the EU bailout package for the debt-ridden country.

No more detail about the candidate to lead the new Greek cabinet was revealed in the French statement.

Earlier reports said the caretaker cabinet possibly led by the opposition was likely to emerge on Wednesday afternoon, but the discussion over Papandreou's successor is going on.