Former ECB official likely to lead Greece

New PM will head national-unity government

Lucas Papademos, a former deputy head of the European Central Bank, emerged on Monday as the most likely candidate to replace current Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. A non-political figure with a strong technical background in economic affairs would lead a new government of national unity until the country heads to the polls, Papandreou and the conservative opposition agreed on Sunday. Greek leaders are now expected to choose on a new prime minister on Monday. However, former conservative finance minister Stefanos Manos told Reuters that “the new prime minister will … not give the impression that he is in charge. Everyone will be looking to the two party leaders who will be running things behind the scenes.” He added: “The civil service won’t implement any decision and everyone will be waiting for the election.”