Athens.- Comments by Health Minister Andreas Loverdos on Friday and Thursday over the likelihood of post-election cooperation between PASOK and New Democracy (ND) party, in case the latter is declared the election winner but without a majority in Parliament, continued to cause political reverberations.
Following the reactions, Loverdos said on Friday that “petty-politicking practices should be put aside … in any case, the new PASOK leadership will study the facts after the election results are out.”
In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, Loverdos repeated that “Greece needs policy and government stability” which can be guaranteed if “we exceed ourselves to the direction pointed by the people.”
He added that the risk for political instability leaves no room for other practices.
Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis charged that any discussion on a post-election cooperation before elections are held is “politically meaningless”.
Independent MP Louka Katseli, formerly a PASOK MP and minister, responded by saying that “the Greek people will have the final word … such statements are indicative of the dissociation with society”.
Justice Minister Miltiadis Papaioannou said he refuses to accept in advance that ND will defeat PASOK.