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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-04-23

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM holds talks with public order minister on ministerial issues, Easter exodus and arrest of wanted fugitive Apostolos Vavylis
  • [02] ND leading PASOK party by 3 pc, according to GPO poll

  • [01] PM holds talks with public order minister on ministerial issues, Easter exodus and arrest of wanted fugitive Apostolos Vavylis

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis held talks on Saturday morning with Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis, who said he briefed him on ministerial issues, traffic organising in light of the Easter exodus and the success of the Greek Police with the arrest of wanted fugitive Apostolos Vavylis in Bologna, Italy, on Friday evening.

    Vavylis was sought by the Greek Police for his alleged role in scandals related to the Greek Orthodox Church.

    The minister congratulated the Greek Police which, as he said, utilised information methodically and with confidence and steady steps to achieve this result.

    He added that he contacted Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis for necessary arrangements to be made for Vavylis to be extradited to Greece and stressed that "I want to believe that the request will be accepted by the Italian authorities."

    Voulgarakis emphasised that action was taken to detect the fugitive involving repeated contacts both at political and police level, since Vavylis did not top the list of the most wanted fugitive in Europe but was in a low position on INTERPOL's wanted list.

    The minister revealed that many operations were carried out in many countries and noted that of information obtained, some had not been timely or accurate.

    He further said that the Greek Police utilised new technologies and succeeded in having Vavylis arrested after working calmly, methodically and according to plan.

    Voulgarakis also pointed out that the Greek Police do not function in accordance with communication or public opinion criteria and added that the delegations sent succeeded in achieving this positive outcome.

    [02] ND leading PASOK party by 3 pc, according to GPO poll

    The ruling New Democracy party is leading the main opposition PASOK party by three percentage points, according to a poll carried out by the GPO company for the Athens daily newspaper Eleftheros Typos.

    According to the poll, ND garners 36.2 percent, PASOK 33.2, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 7.3, the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) 3.8 and the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) 3.1.

    In response to the question who is the most suitable politician to be prime minister, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis leads preferences with 42.2 percent, followed by PASOK leader George Papandreou with 26.9. It is noteworthy that 28.2 do not prefer either of the two leaders.

    On the question of which party is most likely to win the next general election, ND leads with 57 percent, followed by PASOK with 22.6. An estimated 34.7 percent of respondents have a positive or more or less positive view of the government and 52.3 a negative or more or less negative view of it.

    Moreover, 26.3 have a positive or more or less positive view of PASOK and 46.6 a negative or more or less negative view of the party. As to which of the two major parties is more to blame for the current state of the economy, 51.5 percent said PASOK and 11 ND.

    In addition, 61.8 percent favour a government reshuffle, while 69.1 believe that it has a problem in its communication policy.


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