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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-12

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  • [01] Opinion poll
  • [02] Arrests of people traffickers, illegal migrants
  • [03] Investigation ordered into alleged bribe of prison guard by inmate

  • [01] Opinion poll

    Main opposition PASOK was leading by 5.3 percentage points over ruling New Democracy, while respondents appeared split on whether early general elections should be called, according to an opinion poll conducted by MARC, the results of which appeared in the Sunday edition of Ethnos newspaper.

    More specifically, with respect to voter intent, 34.5 percent of the respondents said they would vote for PASOK if elections were held the following Sunday, against 29.2 percent for ND, 7.1 percent for the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), 3.6 percent for the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance), 5.8 percent for the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) and 3.0 percent for the Ecologists-Greens, while the invalid/undecided vote exceeded 15 percent.

    Asked whether early general elections sould be called, 40.8 percent of the respondents said elections should be held immediately or in the autumn, whereas 39.4 percent wanted elections at the end of the ND government's current four-year term, while 15.7 percent opted for March when parliament was due to vote for a new President of the Republic.

    [02] Arrests of people traffickers, illegal migrants

    Four people traffickers were arrested, and 25 illegal migrants, including six minors, were detained on Saturday in the wider region of Thessaloniki during a coordinated operation by Alexandroupolis police and the Thessaloniki police's illegal migration unit.

    The illegal immigrants, who were headed for Athens, had in the early morning hours sneaked across the border into the Soufli region, where they were spotted by authorities, however, and placed under discrete surveillance.

    A 34-year-old Greek man and three foreign nationals who were conveying the illegal migrants were arrested, and their cars were seized.

    [03] Investigation ordered into alleged bribe of prison guard by inmate

    Justice minister Nikos Dendias has ordered a Disciplinary Preliminary Investigation, following reports on a television news program, into the alleged case of a Larissa Prison guard receiving a bribe from an inmate, it was announced on Sunday.
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