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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-10-22

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

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  • [01] Exit polls on mayoral race in Thessaloniki, Patras
  • [02] Minister calls on teachers to end strike

  • [01] Exit polls on mayoral race in Thessaloniki, Patras

    Exit polls on mayoral race in Thessaloniki, Patras

    According to the first exit polls broadcast on national television on Sunday evening, Thessaloniki mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, who is backed by the ruling New Democracy party (ND), appeared clearly set for re-election in Sunday's run-off local government elections, with a proportion of 50.3-56.8 percent, against 43.2-46.2 percent for main opposition PASOK-backed candidate Chrysa Arapoglou.

    In the western port city of Patras, PASOK former deputy minister Andreas Fouras also appeared poised to carry the run-off, with a 50.3-53.3 percentage, against 46.7-49.7 for the ND-backed Evangelos Floratos.

    In the first round of voting last Sunday, Papageorgopoulos amassed 41.43 percent against 21.6 percent for Arapoglou, while Fouras received 34.70 percent against 34.06 percent for Floratos.

    The polls closed at 7:00 p.m. Sunday in run-off local government elections in 7 prefectures and 247 municipalities throughout Greece.

    Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos saidd on Sunday evening that the run-offs in the second round of the local government elections were "a complete success and ended at 7 .p.m. without any problerms."

    The interior minister stressed that "the electoral process for the 2006 prefectural and municipal elections was exemplarly of the quality of our democracy and the institution of local government, which is the great winner of this electoral process."

    [02] Minister calls on teachers to end strike

    Minister of State and Government Spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos on Sunday referred to the crisis prevailing in education and called on teachers to end their strike action and return to the schools.

    "We yet again appeal to teachers to assess what the government has said, which it did with great respect."

    Primary school teachers on Friday night decided to continue their strike next week, thus entering a sixth consecutive week of strike action.

    As announced by the teachers after a lengthy session, the board of the Federation of Primary School Teachers of Greece (DOE) decided to continue the strike for the week from October 23 to 27.

    On Thursday night, a decision to continue strike action was also taken by the country's secondary school teachers.

    The secondary school teachers' representatives, who held a general assembly at a central Athens hotel, decided by 70-71 per cent to strike on October 24, 25 and 26, while on October 25 a new rally will take place in the Greek capital.


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