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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-15

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

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  • [01] Final tally of local gov't elections

  • [01] Final tally of local gov't elections

    (ANA-MPA) -- With the final count completed from Sunday's second-round local government elections, ruling PASOK-backed candidates were elected as regional heads in eight of the country's 13 regions, the new geographical administrations created under the Kallikratis local administration merge plan, with the remaining five regions won by main opposition New Democracy (ND) backed candidates.

    PASOK-backed candidates also won 73 of the country's 325 municipalities, while ND-backed candidates won in 41 municipalities. (ANA-MPA / klp-paste)

    Outgoing Athens prefect Yianns Sgouros, who was backed by PASOK, will be the Attica region's first elected regional head or governor, with a percentage of 52.87 percent and 61 seats on the regional council, against 47.13 percent and 12 seats for ND-backed Vassilis Kikilias.

    The biggest "winner", however, was abstention, which reached an all-time high of 53.23 percent, sharply up from 39.01 percent in the first round the preceding Sunday, while blank and spoiled votes reached 11.67 percent from 5.49 percent in the first round.

    The second round was also characterised by surprise upsets in the country's three largest cities, with a "change of guard" in Athens, Thessaloniki and Piraeus.

    In Athens, PASOK-backed candidate and former Greek Ombudsman Giorgos Kaminis carried the vote with 51.94 percent against incumbent mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis with 48.06 percent, while in Thessaloniki PASOK-backed Yiannis Boutaris prevailed with 50.20 percent over ND-backed Costas Gioulekas with 49.80 percent.

    Conversely, ND-backed Vassilis Mihaloliakos won the mayoral race in Piraeus with 51.76 percent against PASOK-backed local government veteran Yiannis Mihas with 48.24 percent.

    Another surprise was recorded in the western port city of Patras, where Ioannis Dimaras, the candidate jointly backed by leftist parties, carried the vote with 53.63 percent against 46.37 percent for the PASOK-backed Constantine Katsikopoulos. (ANA-MPA)

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