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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-27

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PASOK calls for cuts in utilities' rates
  • [02] Papariga at Argolis
  • [03] Wildfire in Kastoria

  • [01] PASOK calls for cuts in utilities' rates

    Main opposition PASOK party development rapporteur Mihalis Chrysohoidis, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday together with other party officials, called for an immediate decrease in public utility rates and prices, in general, citing implementation of the law on competition.

    "Since January 2008 and until today, we have been watching with grave concern the continuing and rapid worsening of crucial fundamental indicators of the Greek economy," Chrysohoidis said, adding that "it is evident even to the most well-meaning citizen that the 41 measures announced by the government last February to crack down on high prices have failed."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of PASOK's headquarters.

    [02] Papariga at Argolis

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga who began a tour of Argolis prefecture on Wednesday, said in Nafplion that, for her party, it was not important when elections would be held, but that a change in the correlation of political forces arises from the electoral result.

    During a press conference at the Argolis Prefectural building, when asked to comment on the prospect of early general elections, Papariga said that the ruling ND party will assess when it it would be advantageous for itself to call elections.

    The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), she continued, could want elections, due to the high percentages it was receiving in opinion polls, but was a social-democratic party with common elements with the main opposition PASOK party.

    She said early elections was any easy option, but added that this does not change anything, while for the KKE what mattered was not the timing of elections but a change in the correlation of political forces resulting from the elections.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga.

    [03] Wildfire in Kastoria

    A wildfire broke out in a remote mountainous region in the municipality of Vitsi, in the northwestern prefecture of Kastoria on Wednesday.

    Nine fire engines and 21 fire-fighters were battling the blaze with the assistance of two firefighting aircraft. Residential areas in the area were not reported in any danger.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of a wildfire.


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