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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-18

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  • [01] Karamanlis promises 'constructive' opposition

  • [01] Karamanlis promises 'constructive' opposition

    Main opposition New Democracy president Costas Karamanlis promised that his party will be a "constructive" main opposition and support measures taken by the new PASOK government that were moving "in the right direction", even when these were not popular with voters. He was speaking in Parliament on Saturday, in reply to the policy statement unveiled by Prime Minister George Papandreou.

    "Whatever happens, in any case, ND will not exercise a nihilist opposition, even though it faced such opposition as a government," he said.

    He also wished the new government every success in its work, noting that the challenges were many and major.

    "A fundamental condition for the common goals is the unity and unanimity of all Greeks in putting the country's interests first," Karamanlis stressed.

    ND's president, who has announced his intention to resign from the party's leadership after a crushing defeat in the October 4 elections and begun the process for electing a new party leader, underlined the need to continue tough measures and use the positive results of his own term in government that he said had been "stalled" by the crisis that had highlighted the weaknesses.

    He also criticised what he called the new government's "ambivalent" policy on major organisations like Olympic Air, the Greek railways, trans-European networks and ports, saying that these were striking a blow at the country's ability to attract investment.

    "The government cannot give in to special-interest minorities that ignore national interests," he stressed.

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