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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-10-06

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  • [01] PM confers with interior minister on parliamentary revision

  • [01] PM confers with interior minister on parliamentary revision

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis conferred with interior, public administration and decentralisation minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos on the Constitutional revision and the ongoing work being carried out by the relevant ad-hoc parliamentary committee, during a meeting on Friday that was also attended by parliament vice-president Yannis Tragakis and former minister Panos Panayotopoulos.

    Tragakis told reporters after the meeting that the parliamentary ad-hoc committee on the parliamentary revision was due to complete its task by January 31, after which two votes would be held with a space of one month between them.

    Asked whether the road would open for early general elections after the two votes, Tragakis said that "no one is saying such a thing".

    Pavlopoulos asked that "the imprtant issue of the revision" not be linked to the prospect of early general elections, stressing that elections would be held as scheduled at the end of the government's current term in office.

    Pavlopoulos noted that consensus was required for the revision, as foreseen in the Constitution, adding that consensus existed on many points, as seen in the discussions of the ad-hoc committee.

    Panayotopoulos, also speaking to reporters after the meeting, appealed to striking public elementary school teachers, currently in their third week of strikes and who decided to extend their mobilisation through all of next week, to return to the schools and engage in an extensive dialogue with the education ministry.

    He also said that the ad hoc committee was due in one of its next sessions to discuss Article 16 of the Constitution, which refers to Education, adding that the government was aimimg at consensus.

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