20 June, 2011
Opening a three-day debate in Parliament yesterday that is to culminate late tomorrow (June 21) with a confidence vote to his newly reshuffled Cabinet, Prime Minister George Papandreou said that "the country is at critical crossroads and […] it is in our hands to change the situation and that is our commitment."
In his speech, Papandreou reiterated his call for national unity and proposed a referendum
to be held later this year on changes to the country’s political system and constitution.
In this context, the premier announced the creation
of an independent committee of between 20 and 25 experts that would examine proposals for changes including a reduction of parliamentary seats, the abolition of a law protecting government ministers from prosecution and an overhaul of the electoral system.
On his part, main opposition leader Antonis Samaras rejected Papandreou’s referendum proposal and called once again for early elections.
Source: GREEK NEWS AGENDA issued by the Secretariat Genera