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Obama congratulates Papandreou on Greek polls

Last Updated: Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:49

Washington: US President Barack Obama called up Greece`s next prime minister, George Papandreou, to congratulate him on his success in Sunday`s elections, the White House said.
Obama "wished all Greeks well who participated in the democratic process. The President reiterated the importance of the US-Greece relationship and said he looks forward to working with Mr Papandreou", according to a statement released by the White House.

Papandreou`s Socialist party won 44 percent of the votes, or 160 of 300 parliamentary seats, according to the Interior Ministry, which had counted 87 percent of the votes.

Papandreou`s victory was seen as an expression of voters` discontent over the conservative government`s handling of the economic crisis and corruption.

His father and grandfather also served as prime ministers in Greece over past decades.


First Published: Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:49
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