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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-25

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  • [01] PM Papandreou in Thessaloniki on Monday
  • [02] Weather Monday: Rain, storms
  • [03] Polls on ND leadership race

  • [01] PM Papandreou in Thessaloniki on Monday

    Prime Minister George Papandreou will be in Thessaloniki on Monday, where he will attend a doxology and other events marking the feast of the city's patron Saint Demetrius. Papandreou stressed that Greece can become a model country and state, addressing his ruling PASOK's National Council and underlined that achieving this required the forging of social alliances and the participation of the citizens.

    The prime minister announced, during the meeting on Friday, that the government will soon launch an official process of dialogue and consultation with the "social partners" (employer groups and trade unions) in a bid to establish a broad consensus and alliance regarding the government's "road map" for reforms.

    [02] Weather Monday: Rain, storms

    Heavy rainfall accompanied by northeasterly winds are forecast for Monday. Wind velocity between 5 to 6 on the Beaufort scale. Showers in the north with temperatures ranging from 10C to 25C; stormy on the rest of the mainland and islands, 14C-24C. Rain in Athens, 16C-22C; same for Thessaloniki, 15C-20C.

    [03] Polls on ND leadership race

    Three opinion polls were released over the weekend on the leadership race for the main opposition New Democracy party (ND).

    Former foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis had a small lead over former culture minister Antonis Samaras in the race for the helm, according to the results of an Alco opinion poll appearing in a weekly financial newspaper.

    Specifically, Bakoyannis was preferred by 35.8 percent of respondents, followed by Samaras with 34.0 percent, former health minister Dimitris Avramopoulos with 16.8 percent, and Thessaloniki Prefect Panagiotis Psomiadis with 9.8 percent.

    Of the respondents who stated they were ND voters, Bakoyannis was preferred by 35.7 percent, Samaras by 27.2 percent, Avramopoulos by 17.1 percent, and Psomiadis by 8.9 percent.

    The poll was conducted by telephone between Oct. 20 to 22 on a nationwide sampling of 1,922 respondents.

    In a second poll, conducted by Public Issue and appearing in the Sunday edition of "Kathimerini", Bakoyannis was preferred as the "most suitable successor" of Costas Karamanlis by 34 percent of respondents, followed by Samaras with 16 percent, Avramopoulos with 12 percent and Psomiadis with 6 percent, while 15 percent of the respondents considered that Karamanlis himself should be re-elected to the ND helm.

    In a third poll conducted by the firm Marc, appearing in the Sunday edition of "Ethnos" newspaper, Bakoyannis was preferred by 33.5 percent of respondents, Samaras by 30.1 percent, Avramopoulos by 17.3 percent, and Psomiadis by 10.4 percent.

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