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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-05

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papandreou receives mandate to form gov't
  • [02] President formally briefed on election outcome by parliament chief
  • [03] PASOK wins elections, succeeds to create self sufficient government

  • [01] Papandreou receives mandate to form gov't

    Prime minister-elect George Papandreou, leader of the main opposition PASOK party that won a landslide victory in Sunday's general elections in Greece, was given a mandate to form a government by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Monday.

    Papoulias wished Papandreou strength for the work ahead of him.

    Papandreou, in turn, thanked Papoulias, adding that the times are difficult, and noted that the magnitude of his party's victory was indicative of the people's hope and desire for substantial, deep-rooted changes.

    Caption: Prime minister-elect George Papandreou arrives at the Presidential Mansion to receive a mandate from President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias after his PASOK party's landslide victory in Sunday's general elections in Greece. (ANA-MPA/A. Beltes)

    [02] President formally briefed on election outcome by parliament chief

    Parliament president Dimitris Sioufas on Monday called on President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, whom he formally briefed on the results of Sunday's general elections in Greece, in which the main opposition PASOK party won a landslide victory.

    Papoulias is scheduled to next receive outgoing prime minister Costas Karamanlis, who will hand in his resignation.

    Afterwards, Papoulias will receive PASOK leader George Papandreou, to whom he will give a mandate to form a government.

    Karamanlis also resigned from the presidency of his up to now ruling New Democracy (ND) party, in a statement in which he personally assumed the responsibility for the party's electoral defeat late Sunday night.

    [03] PASOK wins elections, succeeds to create self sufficient government

    Main opposition PASOK party and its leader George Papandreou posted a landslide election victory on Sunday in Greece's snap general election, garnering 43.93 percent of the vote with the results from 99,3 percent of the precincts tallied nationwide.

    PASOK was leading ruling New Democracy party by more than 10 percentile points, with the latter receiving 33.48 percent at the same 99.3-percent mark, with PASOK eying 160 projected MPs in Parliament, easily over the 150 minimum (out of a 300-deputy legislature) needed to form a self-sufficient government, while ND's tally, will be 91.

    In terms of smaller Parliament-represented parties, the Communist Party of Greece's (KKE) stood at 7.54 percent; 4.60 percent for the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) parliamentary alliance; 5.63 percent for the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) and 2.53 percent for the newly formed Ecologists-Greens party, which appears unable to exceed the 3-percent threshhold needed to enter Parliament.


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