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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-24

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  • [01] Antonaros new gov't spokesman
  • [02] Papandreou on economic measures
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Antonaros new gov't spokesman

    Evangelos Antonaros, up to now alternate government spokesman, on Friday morning assumed the post of government spokesman following Thursday's resignation by Theodoros Roussopoulos.

    Handing over the post, Roussopoulos thanked the prime minister, his associates, and the staff at the General Secretariats for Communication and Information for their cooperation.

    Supervision of the two general secretariats, which were previously part of Roussopoulos' portfolio, has been transferredInterior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

    "When ND took over the government in 2004, one of the first innovations made was the abolition of the Press and Mass Media ministry. We forged a new course. Information acquired a freedom that was unprecedented in the country," Pavlopoulos said in turn, and praised Roussopoulos' role and contribution.

    "I have a long-standing friendship with Theodoros Roussopoulos, and wish to stress devotion to all the work that has been done here, which will be completed, a task that will bear the seal of a man who worked with zeal and consistency," Antonaros said.

    [02] Papandreou on economic measures

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou, addressing Parliament on Friday during the discussion on the proposal for the creation of an Investigatory Committee to probe the Vatopedi issue, spoke of "the collapse of the government's credibility" as a result of the ruling New Democracy party's absence from the discussion.

    Referring to the economic crisis that is now also touching Greece, Papandreou warned of a possible "new and huge crime against the Greek people" and proposed the "partial nationalisation of tottering banks".

    "When the government cannot manipulate, it hides and escapes. It could not control the result in Parliament and fled, seeking a hideout in parapolitics and in the backstage," he said.

    "We are before a new, intentional and conscious downgrading of institutions. There is no precedent in our history of the absence of the majority from the Parliamentary procedure. Just like they adulterated the results in the voting for the revision of the constitution, today they are not allowing the colleagues of New Democracy to express themselves freely, according to conscience, in a secret vote. They are manipulating their vote and their conscience with their withdrawal in order to make them accomplices," Papandreou added.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Minister of State and government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos' resignation and Friday's debate in parliament on a main opposition PASOK motion for setting up a preliminary investigation committee into the Vatopedi Monastery land transactions furor, from which the ruling New Democracy (ND) party will abstain, dominated the front-pages of Athens' newspapers on Friday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "At last! End of Roussopoulos - And now, reshuffle?"

    APOGEVMATINI: "Plan to boost civil servants' Welfare Fund".

    AVGHI: "The government walks out - Roussopoulos resignation a blow for Karamanlis".

    AVRIANI: "PASOK should return the kickbacks it received from Siemens and then demand inquiries and preliminary investigation committees - Karamanlis, bring their looting to light before the crooks eat you alive".

    CHORA: "Martyr for Ephraim (Vatopedi Monastery abbot) - The Vatopedi scandal downed the Minister of State".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "As the government, in fear and panic, decided abstention from the preliminary investigation committee procedures, Roussopoulos resigns".

    ELEFTHEROS: "He waited for them to escape, before resigning - An entire party defected from the preliminary investigation committee for Roussopoulos' sake".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The 'mailman' always strikes twice - Roussopoulos resigned in order to ease the introversion - Face-to-face now with the preliminary investigation committee and possible return to the government after December 15".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Irregular retreat - Unprecedented: The ruling party abstains from parliament".

    ESTIA: "Consecutive political mistakes - Now intimation of cover-up is created".

    ETHNOS: "Admission of defeat and guilt - Unprecedented avoidance of battle by Karamanlis and disdain of parliament".

    KATHIMERINI: "ND opts for abstention, in fear of 'leaks' (of its MPs in the vote on the PASOK motion)".

    LOGOS: "The Vatopedi 'child' (Roussopoulos) out of the government - End of era for Roussopoulos - ND decides abstention from debate on preliminary investigation committee motion".

    NIKI: "Irregular retreat by the guilty - Roussopoulos bails out, ND abstaining from the debate".

    PARASKEVI+13 (weekly): "Roussopoulos' 'exodus' unties Karamanlis' hands".

    PARASKINIO (weekly): "Finally - Karamanlis ousted Roussopoulos".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The experience of socialism is a precious treasure - Strong KKE - 18th Congress of counter-attack".

    TA NEA: "They're on the way out - The Karamanlis system collapsing - Roussopoulos: The prime minister's right-hand-man obliged to resign".

    TO VIMA: "Alone in the Maximos Mansion (government headquarters) - Karamanlis without Roussopoulos - Who's turn next?"

    VRADYNI: "Resignation for de-escalation (of tension), following the tabling of the (Vatopedi) case file in parliament and the establishment of a parliamentary fact-finding commission" decided by all the parties in parliament in a vote Monday on the relevant motion tabled by the ruling ND party.

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