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Greek premier Samaras promises fast growth, low taxes, jobs

January 10, 2015

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has promised speeded-up growth, lower taxes and plenty of new jobs if his conservative New Democracy party holds on to power in national elections in 15 days.

Addressing supporters and party officials Saturday, Samaras promised there will be no more cuts in salaries or pensions.

By 2021, he says faster than predicted economic growth would add at least 770,000 jobs and bring GDP almost to levels it reached before a deep financial crisis hit in 2008. Although Greece’s economy returned to growth in 2014, there are still about 1.25 million unemployed, over a quarter of the workforce.

Samaras says jobs will be created mostly in the agriculture and tourism sectors.

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