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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-09-02

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

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  • [01] Leftist leader tours Thisseio district
  • [02] Last major wildfires snuffed out

  • [01] Leftist leader tours Thisseio district

    Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) leader Alekos Alavanos toured the Thisseio district near Acropolis on Sunday and proposed separate TV debates with the three other Parliament-represented party leaders, including the premier.

    Alavanos also back a proposal by main opposition PASOK for a television debate amongst all the party leaders, although he said such a debate will be "dull" because both major parties have a "parallel course".

    Consequently, Alavanos, who heads up the radical left coalition (Syriza) formation in the coming election, said he also called for a television debate that could be broadcast even by one channel alone.

    Lastly, Alavanos predicted that no party will gain a majority of seats in the Sept. 16 elections, adding that the key to developments will be young generation voters.

    [02] Last major wildfires snuffed out

    The last spate of major wildfires in southern Greece, mostly centred in Arcadia prefecture of the Peloponnese, appeared to be under control or completely extinguished by Sunday morning, the fire brigade announced, as meteorologists were hopeful that rain showers in northern Greece would move south overnight, ending any chance of charred areas reigniting.

    Conversely, fire brigade officials announced that no less than 36 separate wildfires were reported in the previous 24 hours ending at 6 a.m., with only one blaze, on the Ionian island of Cephallonia, qualifying as a concern.

    The devastating wildfire fronts near the Karytaina, Mt. Parnonas and the Megalopoli districts of the southern Peloponnese were out, officials said on Sunday.

    Finally, the official death toll rose to at least 64 on Sunday following the death of a Mistros, Evia man, who had been hospitalised since last week with burns from a wildfire in the region.

    Caption: A local resident douses a field with water near the village of Polydroso, on the slopes of fire-ravaged Mt. Parnonas, in southern Laconia prefecture, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007. ANA-MPA / N. KOTSIARIS.


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