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

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Former national intelligence chief to head LAOS state deputy ticket

  • [01] Former national intelligence chief to head LAOS state deputy ticket

    The former commander of Greece's National Intelligence Service EYP, Ambassador Ioannis Korantis, has joined the right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party and will head its list of candidates for the state MP seats in Parliament duirng the upcoming elections. This was announced by LAOS leader George Karatzaferis after a meeting with Korantis on Wednesday.

    Karatzaferis warmly praised Ambassador Korantis' record in the Greek diplomatic corps and "the excellent services he offered the country in the five years that he was in command of EYP."

    Korantis said that he had accepted the invitation extended by LAOS's leader to join the party, bringing with him 36 years experience as a career diplomat and former EYP commander and the aim to "serve the common values that we uphold for the country."

    In Greece's election system, a certain number of seats in Parliament - the deputies of state - are not directly elected by voters but arise from a list of candidates chosen by the parties, who are elected to Parliament on the basis of the percentage each party receives in the elections nationwide. A position on the state deputy list, especially the top slot that is most likely to guarantee a seat in Parliament, is considered an honor and is often reserved for academics and other personalities that are not career politicians.

    During the 2007 general elections and with 3.8 percent of the nationwide vote, LAOS failed to elect a state deputy to Parliament but its support among the electorate appears considerably strengthened in opinion polls and during the recent EuroParliament polls, where it forged ahead of left-wing SYRIZA to get 7.14 percent of the vote, up from 4.12 percent in the Euro polls of 2004.


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