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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-23

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  • [01] PASOK: Election law provision unconstitutional
  • [02] Returned golden Macedonian wreath on display

  • [01] PASOK: Election law provision unconstitutional

    Main opposition PASOK spokesman and deputy Yiannis Ragoussis on Friday focused his criticism on what he called the unconstitutional prohibition on post-election coalitions, foreseen in a pending government initiative to change the current election law.

    In reference to the prime minister's same-day address in Parliament to answer a tabled question on the government's intentions vis-?-vis revision of the election law, Ragoussis said the government has failed to proceed with a dialogue leading towards a "radical change" in the election law, while the PASOK spokesman charged repeatedly that the government was "beholden to vested interests" and uninterested in real reforms.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of main opposition PASOK spokesman Yiannis Ragoussis.

    [02] Returned golden Macedonian wreath on display

    A spectacular golden Macedonian wreath dated to the 4th century BC finally went on display at the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum on Friday after being returned to the country by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles last March. The wreath was returned after lengthy efforts by the Greek state to prove that the stunning item was illegally excavated in the country and illicitly taken abroad for sale. Speaking at the northern Greece port city's museum, Greek Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis reiterated that the return of all illegally excavated and exported ancient Greek artifacts is a priority for his ministry, regardless of whether the items are in the possession of foreign museums or private art collectors. The exquisite artifact depicts a floral crown made of gold foil. It was probably made after the death of Alexander the Great and worn on ceremonial occasions. Experts believe it was buried with the remains of its owner in modern-day northern Greece. Similar wreaths have been discovered in excavations throughout the central Macedonia province and in the tomb of Phillip II at the archaeological site of Vergina -- the burial site of ancient Macedonian kings -- which lies west of Thessaloniki.

    Caption: A view of the 4th century BC golden Macedonian wreath that went on display on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum in the northern Greece port city. ANA-MPA / STR

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