Greek PM calls for referendum on constitution

June 19, 2011 - 6:29 AM
Greece Financial Crisis

Backdropped by the Greek Parliament, communist party affiliated protesters march and shout slogans during a rally against the government's latest austerity measures and plans to sell off state enterprises in central Athens, Saturday, June 18, 2011. Greece has seen near-daily protests against the belt-tightening that has slashed salaries and pensions in an attempt to stem its ballooning debt. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister George Papandreou has called for a fall referendum on "changes to the political system," including to the country's constitution.

Opening a three-day parliamentary debate that will culminate in a confidence vote late Tuesday, Papandreou blames Greece's bloated state sector for bringing the country to its knees and has vowed to effect deep changes.

He also says the constitutional revision will make it easier to prosecute delinquent government officials.

He also says Greece is in talks for a new bailout package "roughly equal" to the first package of euro110 billion ($155 billion) agreed to in May 2010.