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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-05-31

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  • [01] ND presents prefecture candidates for Athens, Piraeus
  • [02] Hero's honours for fallen pilot Iliakis

  • [01] ND presents prefecture candidates for Athens, Piraeus

    The ruling New Democracy party on Wednesday announced its three candidates for the high-profile Athens-Piraeus supra-prefecture and the Athens and Piraeus prefectures in the upcoming local government elections.

    ND Central Committee Secretary Lefteris Zagoritis said the party would be fielding journalist Argyris Dinopoulos, currently the mayor of Vrilissia, for the Athens-Piraeus supra-prefecture, flanked by journalist and top-ranking Athens municipal councillor Fotini Pipili for the Athens prefecture and Poros Mayor Spyros Spyridonas for Piraeus.

    Zagoritis said that all three candidates had served local government for many years and made an important contribution to local communities, making it a choice that served the criteria of merit, ability, honesty and contributing to the citizens of the Athens basin.

    All three candidates later met with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [02] Hero's honours for fallen pilot Iliakis

    The funeral service for 36-year-old Air Force pilot Costas Iliakis was held at Hania, Crete on Wednesday with honors reserved for heroes, in the presence of Hellenic Republic President Karolos Papoulias, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, Defense Minister Vangelis Meimarakis, Aegean Minister Aristotelis Pavlidis, main opposition PASOK President George Papandreou, PASOK secretary Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou, parliament deputies, local officials, his fellow officers and hundreds of people. The armed forces were represented by Armed Forces General Staff Chief Admiral Panagiotis Hinofotis.

    President Papoulias laid a wreath at the pilotās cenotaph, since the pilot's body has not been found.

    Iliakisā F16 fighter jet went down last Tuesday, May 23 following a mid-air collision with a Turkish fighter jet over the Aegean Sea, near the Greek island of Karpathos.

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