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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-30

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  • [01] No congress for leftist party
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] No congress for leftist party

    The central political committee of the Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) on Saturday evening rejected a proposal by the leftist party's president for an extraordinary party congress, after the bid failed to garner a majority of members that voted in the session.

    The vote came after a marathon 10-hour session by the party's committee, following an address by Synaspismos leader Alexis Tsipras, whose high-profile call for such a congress comes in the wake of a particularly poor showing by the affiliated SYRIZA leftist grouping in the June Euro-elections.

    Synaspismos is the biggest bloc in the SYRIZA Parliamentary grouping, the latter headed up by Alekos Alavanos, who stepped down in favour of Tsipras at Synaspismos' helm but who retains his Parliament seat. Tsipras, conversely, is not a Parliament MP. Criticism and counter-criticism between Alavanos and Tsipras surfaced in the wake of the Euro-elections.

    The vote was 49 in favour, 48 against and six members casting blank votes.

    Tsipras later said he was not interested in promoting the initiative without an absolute majority of the central committee members.

    Earlier, before the vote, Tsipras said he wasn't interested in a congress after the elections, "because after the elections we won't be holding a congress for revival but maybe a wake".

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Sunday editions of Athens dailies at a glance

    With autumn on the horizon, Athens' Sunday editions concentrated on familiar "seasonal" front-page stories: speculation over early elections, cabinet reshuffles and assorted political machinations prior to the annual and customary Thessaloniki International Fair.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "37 million euros lost by TEVE pension fund every year".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Increases: 400 euro OGA pension; 6 percent hike in low-pension bonus".

    AVGHI: "Tour of fire-ravaged eastern Attica prefecture".

    AVRIANI: "Early elections in October if PASOK doesn't consent on presidential election: Karamanlis tables dilemma".

    CHORA (weekly): "Before Thessaloniki fair Karamanlis in search of answers to political impasse".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "PM searching for way out of impasse via cabinet reshuffle".

    EPOCHI: "SYRIZA first of all, struggle against poverty, joblessness".

    ETHNOS: "Ruling New Democracy withering and giving PASOK an opportunity to win majority government".

    KATHIMERINI: "Anger and political uncertainty, Karamanlis' first option is early elections."

    NIKI: "PM eying wholesale cabinet reshuffle".

    PARON (weekly): "Elections in January. Designs by 'pimps' and their serfs to force Karamanlis into early elections aren't succeeding".

    PROTO THEMA (weekly): "PASOK in front by 6 percent: opinion poll".

    REALNEWS (weekly): "Fire brigade deputy commander shown as culprit (of alleged delayed response to wildfires)."

    RIZOSPASTIS: "All workers' rally ahead of TIF in Thessaloniki."

    VIMA: "Karamanlis with 'tied hands' at TIF".

    VRADYNI: "He's (PM) getting rid of (Interior Minister Prokopis) Pavlopoulos."

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