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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-07

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

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  • [01] Bakoyannis expelled from ND
  • [02] CPI up 4.8 percent

  • [01] Bakoyannis expelled from ND

    ANA-MPA/Former foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis was expelled from main opposition New Democracy (ND) on Thursday night after defying the party line and voting in favor of the government's austerity bill in parliament.

    Bakoyannis was expelled from the ND parliamentary group by party leader Antonis Samaras after voting in favor of the bill in the first reading (in-principle vote). The ND Ethics Committee later expelled her from the party altogether over her stance in parliament and a statement she made in response to her expulsion from the parliamentary group.

    Bakoyannis

    In a statement after her expulsion from the ND parliamentary group, Bakoyannis said in a statement that there come times in a person's life when he has to choose between the convenient path of silence, compromise and expediencies and the difficult path of responsibility.

    "Our country is today at the brink of economic bankruptcy and shaken by social unrest of unprecedented proportions. Thirty years of corruption, wasteful spending, irresponsibility and statism brought us to where we are today. The serious mistakes, inertia and omissions of the preceding government but also the criminal delay and cursoriness of the current government further aggravated the problems. At this time the Greek people are called on to make sacrifices, many of which are unfair, and which perhaps would not have been so extremely deep if we all had risen to the circumstances," she said.

    [02] CPI up 4.8 percent

    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded a rise of 4.8% in April 2010 as compared to April 2009, according to figures released on Friday by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT), while the Harmonized Index of Consumer Price Index (HICP) recorded a rise of 4.7 percent.

    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in April 2010, as compared to April 2009, increased by 4.8%. A year earlier, the annual rate of change of the CPI was 1.0%.

    The CPI in April 2010, as compared to March 2010, increased by 1.2%. A year earlier, the monthly rate of change of the CPI was 0.3%.

    In the twelve-month period May '09- April '10 the average rate of change of the CPI was 1.9%. A year earlier, the corresponding rate of change of the CPI was 3.2%.

    The Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) in April 2010, as compared to April 2009, increased by 4.7%. A year earlier, the annual rate of change of the HICP was 1.1%.

    The HICP in April 2010, as compared to March 2010, increased by 1.2%. A year earlier, the monthly rate of change of the HICP was 0.4%.

    In the twelve month period May '09-April '10 the annual average rate of change of the HICP was 2.0%. A year earlier, the annual average rate of change of the HICP was 3.3%.


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