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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-28

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

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  • [01] ND still troubled by election issues

  • [01] ND still troubled by election issues

    Controversy over the election of its new leader continued within main opposition New Democracy on Wednesday, with candidate Dimitris Avramopoulos insisting that the vote should be extended beyond the party's membership to those "ideologically close to its values".

    All four candidates for ND's leadership - Dora Bakoyannis, Antonis Samaras, Avramopoulos and Thessaloniki Prefect Panagiotis Psomiadis - were in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Wednesday in order to attend the military parade held for the October 28 national holiday.

    Speaking after the parade, Avramopoulos also stressed that ND would emerge united from this transitional period, soon recovering its prospects of once again taking charge of the country.

    The move comes one day after the announcement on Tuesday by MP Dimitris Sioufas, chairman of the committee organising ND's extraordinary conference, that he had sent "a final draft" of the proposal originally agreed by all four candidates for ND's leadership - and which will have to be approved by the party's Central Committee - to ND President Costas Karamanlis and the four candidates involved.

    The original agreement called for the election of the new president by ND's grass-roots supporters that had officially joined the party or were willing to join on the day of the vote.

    Sioufas stressed that he had not included later suggestions made by Avramopoulos, citing "deadline" and procedural obstacles regarding the necessary modifications to ND's charter.


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