Greece's caretaker Cabinet was sworn in Thursday and will lead the country into next month's election, after a deadlocked vote sparked more political turmoil and brought the country's use of the euro currency into question.
And just like that the Santa rally is over, if only in Greece where both bonds and stock are tumbling after the third vote for PM Samaras' appointed presidential appointee Stavros Dimas concluded as many had expected: in failure, with 168 Greek lawmakers voting in favor of Dimas, well short of the 180-vote threshold needed. 132 voted against Mr. Dimas. This means that the "worst case" scenario - at least as described by Goldman - is now on deck: a snap general election that could bring the anti-bailout Syriza party to power.
It's the end of the line for Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.In a cabinet revolt led by his finance minister, Papandreou was ordered to "leave calmly in order to save his party". He obliged, having no real choice in the matter because otherwise he would have been ousted in a vote of confidence.He may survive the vote, but it will do him no good as part of the agreement.Please consider Greek PM ready to go, dump referendum, for euro deal
ATHENS: Greece's leftist cabinet met for the second time in three days on Tuesday to thrash out what concessions to make in cash-for-reform talks with creditors after Athens had to resort to a temporary expedient to make a crucial payment to the IMF. Greek officials said they had emptied an International Monetary Fund holding account to repay 750 million euros to the global lender on Monday, avoiding default but underscoring the dire state of the country's finances.