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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-06

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  • [01] PASOK leader election campaign continues

  • [01] PASOK leader election campaign continues

    Main opposition PASOK's two main leadership contenders in Sunday's intra-party vote, incumbent President George Papandreou and Thessaloniki deputy Evangelos Venizelos, speeded up their respective campaigns on Tuesday evening by addressing rallies of supporters, the former in Halkida, Evia, and the latter in the Athens suburb of Maroussi.

    Papandreou called for a "clear mandate so that the message can be sent of the new, longterm, political dominance, the dominance of a great centre-left progressive majority."

    The PASOK leader also called for mass participation in the November 11 elections "so that a reply will be given dynamically and decisively to those who want politics to be the servant of the economy, a field of personal ambition, a smiling public relations employee and a matchmaker of untransparent deals, agreements and vested interests."

    Papandreou said he guaranteed that as of November 12 he will forge ahead with reforms and changes that will place PASOK on new foundations and structures, with new persons and a new attitude and ethics.

    He further stressed that PASOK "needs a great, powerful and strong mandate so that yesterday's crisis can be turned into the hope of tomorrow and yesterday's defeat into tomorrow's victory and, at the same time, to become a party of the people again."

    Evangelos Venizelos invited citizens to take the issue of PASOK into their hands and to participate massively in the election process on November 11.

    Venizelos added that Sunday's "dilemma does not concern persons." He said it would be a mistake to give an opportunity to persons, an opportunity should be given to the party and to the country.

    The leadership contender also criticised Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, saying that he has a marginal majority and he is "the hostage of disgruntled cadres of his." He further said that "he has led medium-income households to economic deadlock," terming the situation a "timebomb".

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