PM Samaras: No early elections

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was received by President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias for a meeting on Monday, immediately after the swearing-in ceremony for the two new ministers created by a mini-reshuffle – Defence Minister Nikos Dendias and the new Development Minister Costas Skrekas – conducted by Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos.

“All that is coming and all that has happened are very interesting. They have left their marks. The situation demands a minimum understanding,” Papoulias said to Samaras as the latter entered his office.

“I heard you saying so this afternoon and absolutely agree. I came to brief you on the situation in the interior of the country and the international situation, about the course of the negotiations and the trip to Cyprus and Egypt,” Samaras replied.

In statements as he emerged from the meeting with the president, Samaras again stressed that he will not give in to main opposition SYRIZA’s demand for early elections, which the Greek people did not want and markets feared.

“I had the opportunity to repeat that there will be no early elections. I am deeply convinced that Greece’s parliamentary deputies, considering with responsibility, will elect a president of the Republic in February. We have covered too much ground to now throw everything up into the air,” he said.