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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-20

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  • [01] Gov't reiterates position on presidential election
  • [02] Alavanos addresses meeting

  • [01] Gov't reiterates position on presidential election

    The government on Monday reiterated its position regarding the election of a new president of the republic, namely, support for current head of state Karolos Papoulias amid repeated calls by main opposition PASOK for early elections with a view to a previously agreed to consensus backing for the latter.

    A government spokesman's laconic comment came following a high-profile published statement by former PASOK Euro-MP and constitutional law professor Dimitris Tsatsos, who disparaged the prospect of causing early elections via an unsuccessful parliamentary process to select a new president -- a development envisioned for the spring of 2010.

    "We have a president that exercises his duties in an exemplary manner; a president that is loved by citizens and who symbolises Greece's unity. Therefore, for us, there is no reason for second thoughts, spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said on Monday, during a regular press briefing.

    The 300-MP legislature in Greece elects a president of the republic by an extended majority.

    [02] Alavanos addresses meeting

    Radical Left Coalition (the SYRIZA parliamentary alliance) parliamentary group leader Alekos Alavanos presented a 10-point analysis on the grouping's poor showing in the recent Europarliament elections, the political situation in Greece and the grouping's operational matters, addressing the closing session of a two-day SYRIZA conference on Sunday.

    Referring to SYRIZA's decreased percentages in the Euroelections, Alavanos asked "why shouldn't we be the third party in the Euro polls", noting that that had been a difficult mission "but not outside our abilities".

    He said that although SYRIZA's momentum had been greatly diminished, "it is nevertheless not a 'shipwreck'," and attributed blame for the electoral result to the alliance's steering organ as well as to himself.

    Alavanos, who considered resigning from Parliament last month, explained that there were differing views among the component trends of SYRIZA, but noted that it was possible for all the trends to unite behind a common prospect.

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