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Papandreou Gives Up PASOK, Attacks Media Boss and Vested Interests

Greece’s former prime Minister George Papandreou decided to stay at socialist PASOK leadership until he …goes. During a meeting of socialist Party PASOK, the ex PM told his companions in socialism that he will step down s party leader and will no seek to be re-elected. However that he will remain in his position until next June. The party will be run by two leaders until Papandreou decides to hit the road. Papandreou’s decision not to run again for the party leadership come sunder pressure of a number of  top PASOK officials, now eager to lead Greece’s once powerful party.

However George Papandreou had worked out a complicated system of dual party leadership until he steps down, a system immediately set PASOK officials in outrage. According to Papandreou’s dream of dual leadership, there will be a candidate prime minister for the upcoming elections [in February, March or April] most probably elected in January, and the new leader of the party will be elected in June.

There are scenarios claiming that Papandreou wants to keep leading  PASOK in order to secure the Socialism International chairmanship. However the members of SI seem to have a different orientation.

In his address to PASOK, Papandreou used the chance to attack so-called vested interests that have fought against him and did not support him.

He lashed out against Stavros Psicharis, the publisher of  DOL media group (To Vima, TA NEA, Mega TV) and claimed that Psicharis had requested a loan from a large bank and because he didn’t meet the conditions and his request was rejected, he started attacking Papandreou’s government.

“In a statement on Wednesday night, the editor of VIMA said: “It is true that DOL requested a loan from the National Bank, of which we have been clients for the last 90 years. Officially the bank said no. Informally they told us that it was not approved by Maximos Mansion. It is clear that interventions in the banks against newspapers that do not meet the wishes of the rulers show a fascist mindset. It is obvious that along with power memory is lost too, even of very recent events. Papandreou is asked to indicate the circumstances under which we met last time at Maximos Mansion and why we were asked to go in through the back door.”

Papandreou blamed the failed attempt to merge the National Bank with Alpha Bank to vested interests too.

Finally, he stressed that there should have been major judiciary changes and gave as an example the case of his brother, Nikos Papandreou and the speculation that he profits from the CDS. Papandreou said that the judiciary system never examined this allegation.” (Proto Thema)

Under pressure of PASOK ministers and deputies, George Papandreou was forced to step down as prime minister last November, after his referendum proposal humiliated the country in Cannes summit.

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