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Net TV is reporting that Greek officials will announce a new prime minister tomorrow to fill the shoes of the outgoing George Papandreou.The minister and his or her cabinet will form the heart of the new unity government tasked with passing unpopular austerity reforms contingent for the next tranche of aid from Europe and the International Monetary Fund.
The incumbent lost what remained of his political clout last week when he proposed then rescinded a referendum on reforms that are part of a crucial part of the second Greek bailout. He added insult to injury by allegedly lying about a conversation with opposition leader Antonis Samaris.
The media has been talking about four frontrunners:
– Lukas Papademos
Papademos is regarded as the frontrunner in the race to be the new prime minister. The former Vice President of the European Central Bank, he has had a notable academic career, spending stints at Harvard and Columbia after attending MIT to study physics, electrical engineering, and economics. He has not been particularly active in politics, a positive point in a highly divided government. (via Wikipedia)
– Nikiforos Diamandouros
Diamandouros is the current European ombudsman, responsible for investigating allegations of maladministration across the European Union. He was formerly an academic and has written on Greek history and politics. (via Reuters)
– Stavros Dimas
Dimas is vice president of the opposition New Democracy party, who was recently European Commissioner for the environment. He studied law and economics before a career on Wall Street. He has since held various positions in Athens, including Minister of Trade, Minister of Agriculture, etc. (via Wikipedia) He is a bigger political name than the other candidates.
– Panagiotis Roumeliotis
Roumeliotis is the former head of the Ecofin, a former member of the European Parliament, and a former Greek economy minister. He is currently Greece’s representative to the IMF. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Paris, and has written on monetary policy. He’s kind of a political unknown, which could make him a more acceptable candidate to both major parties. (via European Council)
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