A total of 153 deputies among 298 present supported the motion of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou who promised to hold power-sharing talks and vowed to form a government of national unity in the crisis-hit country. In fact, the 153-145 confidence vote victory came minutes after Papandreou announced that he would seek a coalition government. In a speech to Parliament on Friday, the leader George Papandreou shared: "Tomorrow, I will go see the president and inform him that I am willing to hold talks with other parties in order to form a coalition government.”
George Papandreou is the current and the 182nd Prime Minister of Greece following his party's victory in the 2009 legislative election despite his American origin. The younger George Papandreou came to Greece after the restoration of Greek democracy in 1974 and then became active in his father's party, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement where he has been leader since February 2004. In 2006, he became President of the Socialist International.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou makes a speech during a confidence vote meeting at the parliament in Athens
George Papandreou and members of his socialist government applaud after winning a vote of confidence in the Greek parliament in Athens on November 5, 2011
Greek PM waves his hand as his government's parliament members applaud after his speech in Athens, on November 4, 2011
His wife Ada is an aeronautical engineer and the couple has a daughter named Margarita-Elena. Papandreou also has a son Andreas, (born in 1982) from a previous marriage to Evanthia Zissimides who was born in Cyprus and raised in England. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has two younger brothers, Nikos Papandreou and Andreas Papandreou, and two younger sisters, Sophia Papandreou and Emilia Nyblom.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and his wife Ada attend the 'Die Quadriga' awarding ceremony in Berlin, Germany on October 3, 2011
Although Greek PM succeeded in surviving 153-145 confidence vote, the political situation in Greece still seemed far from certain
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou Wins Confidence Vote