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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-02-12

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

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  • [01] PASOK spokesman on constitutional revision

  • [01] PASOK spokesman on constitutional revision

    Main opposition spokesman Petros Efthymiou on Monday defended his party's decision to walk out of discussions for all-important constitutional revisions, charging that the process to date, as pushed forth by the government, is "conservative, shallow and without substantive content".

    He added that PASOK has permanently walked out of the process, and of course, has withdrawn its proposals.

    Moreover, Efthymiou said there was no contradiction in PASOK leadership's stated position in favor of a revision of Article 16 - which prohibits the operation non-state universities in the country - and the latest decision to withdraw from the constitutional revision debate in Parliament.

    Finally, the spokesman, a former education minister, sharply criticised Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras for his most recent comments against groups of masked youths that often infiltrate protests through central Athens. The latter reportedly threatened to take action against the troublemakers himself.

    In an unrelated development, Efthymiou said PASOK's positions aim at benefiting decentralising institutions, when asked if the party was concerned that the Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) will not vote for Athens-Piraeus supra-prefect Fofi Yennimata as president of the union representing the country's prefectures.


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