Distancing himself from former Prime Minister George Papandreou and attacking New Democracy rival Antonis Samaras, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos pledged on Wednesday to improve liquidity for struggling businesses after the May 6 elections.
Speaking to Mega TV, Venizelos said that as defense minister in Papandreou’s government in late 2009 and 2010, he opposed the decision to appeal to the International Monetary Fund for emergency loans. Venizelos said he felt the government should have drawn up its own measures to counter the country’s debt problem. However, he said that in stepping down as prime minister and PASOK chief, Papandreou displayed “unprecedented” responsibility.
Venizelos also accused Samaras, who he is trailing in the polls, of being fixated on becoming premier. “I do not feel that history owes it to me to make me prime minister,” he said.
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