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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-29

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  • [01] KKE leader on early elections
  • [02] ASE opening: Marginal rise

  • [01] KKE leader on early elections

    "The term 'early elections' has lost its meaning because we have been talking about this issue for the past two years," Communist Party (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga said in Thessaloniki on Monday, referring to the likelihood of early general elections in the spring next year as a result of the election of a new president of the republic by Parliament.

    Speaking in a press conference within the framework of her tour of the prefectures of Thessaloniki, Imathia and Pella, Papariga also referred to the novel influenza concerns, and the role of the multinational pharmaceutical companies, as she said, in the preparation of a vaccine.

    She also referred to the low wages earned by wage-earners in Greece, stating that they constitute "blackmail" and a "legal political and state corruption", warning that the situation in the labor sector will deteriorate further.

    Papariga lashed out at the leadership of the trade unionist movement, stressing that "the leaderships that are only interested in the date of elections should be cast aside."

    Earlier, Papariga met with representatives of Thessaloniki Water Supply and Sewerage Co. S.A. (EY.ATh) personnel and expressed her opposition to the company's privatisation, while she also had a meeting with peach producers in Imathia. Later in the evening, she is scheduled to address a rally at the community of Kali in the prefecture of Pella.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist Party of Greece leader Aleka Papariga

    [02] ASE opening: Marginal rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.20 percent, standing at 2,290.79 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 15.4 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Public Utilities, up 2.22 percent; Construction, up 1.83 percent; and Raw Materials, up 1.72 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Oil & Gas, down 0.81 percent; Commerce, down 0.63 percent; and Personal & Household Goods, down 0.44 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.27 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.42 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.59 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 72 were up, 30 were down, and 23 were unchanged.

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