ATHENS, Greece – Former Greek prime minister George Papandreou has revealed plans to create a new political party — a development that will see him break away from the once powerful PanHellenic Socialist Movement founded by his father.
Papandreou, 62, announced the plan on his website Friday, ahead of a snap general election on Jan. 25.
Papandreou served as prime minister between 2009 and 2011. He was at the helm at the height of Greece's financial crisis which triggered a collapse of support for Pasok.
The statement said further details would emerge Saturday after documents have been filed to a high court.
Papandreou's father, Andreas, founded Pasok in 1974 and served three terms as prime minister. He was a dominant figure in Greek politics following the 1967-74 dictatorship.