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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-19

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Samaras: Elections the only solution
  • [02] PPC workers launch 48-hour rolling strikes
  • [03] France's Ogier wins Acropolis Rally 2011
  • [04] 'Terrified of elections'

  • [01] Samaras: Elections the only solution

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Sunday reiterated his call for early elections, adding that recourse to the people's verdict is the only real solution and the only path for Greece's exodus from uncertainty, addressing the first day of a parliamentary debate for a vote of confidence in the newly-reshuffled government.

    ND will not give a vote of confidence to the government, in which not even prime minister George Papandreou believes in, and because he is persisting in a policy that only creates new problems, Samaras said.(ANA-MPA)

    He also accused Papandreou of "not daring" to proceed to the creation of a "national salvation government", but instead created a partisan government aimed at gluing together his ruling PASOK party, thus opting to prevent the collapse of his party instead of the unity of the Greek people.(ANA-MPA)

    Samaras reiterated his firm positions that a renegotiation of the terms of the Memorandum, jump-starting the economy and restoring social cohesion are the only conditions for consensus, and criticised the government of carrying on with the same, wrong policy 'recipe" that would lead the country to an absolute dead-end.(ANA-MPA)

    "We will not destabilise the country. It has been destabilised enough by the government. We do not want to govern ruins tomorrow. We are not the same as PASOK. Regardless of the outcome of the vote of confidence, the government has permanently lost the confidence of the people. That is irreversible," Samaras concluded.(ANA-MPA)

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    [02] PPC workers launch 48-hour rolling strikes

    -P/Public Power Corporation (PPC) announced they were launching rolling 48-hour strikes as of midnight Sunday, after talks between the workers' union GENOP and new finance minister Evangelos Venizelos on Saturday night and with new environment and energy minister George Papaconstantinou -- Venizelos' predecessor in the finance ministry -- on Sunday morning.

    GENOP is demanding withdrawal of a provision in the government's Medium-Term fiscal program for further denationalisation of the PPC.

    Although the meetings were held in a "good climate", there was no progress in the direction of meeting the trade unionists' demand, a GENOP announcement said.

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    [03] France's Ogier wins Acropolis Rally 2011

    France's Sebastien Ogier won the Acropolis Rally on Sunday, bringing him to third place overall in the World Rally Championship 2011 after seven rounds.

    Ogier and co-pilot Julien Ingrassia, with their CITROEN DS3, clinched the 56th Acropolis Rally, after a close showdown with fellow Frenchman and Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, who retains his number one ranking overall in the WRC.

    The Acropolis Rally, dubbed the "Rally of the Gods", is the midway seventh round of the 13-round 2011 World Rally Championship.

    According to the WRC, the Acropolis Rally is one of the most iconic events in the sport, and winning it earns significant kudos.

    The ceremonial start took place beneath the historic Acropolis site at on Thursday evening, with a total of 42 crews participating in what is said to be the toughest race of the World Racing Championship (WRC).

    Third place in the Acropolis Rally went to Finland's Mikko Hirvonen, followed by Norwegians Petter Solberg and Henning Solberg in 4th and 5th, Britain's Matthew Wilson in 6th, and Finland's Kimi Raikkonen and Juho Hanninen in 7th and 8th place.

    Loeb was first overall after seven rounds, followed by Hirvonen, Ogier, Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala, Solberg, Norway's Mads Ostberg, and Wilson.

    The WRC 2011 opened with the Sweden rally in February, followed by Mexico and Portugal in March, Jordan in April, and Italy and Argentina in May.

    The next rounds after Greece will be Finland (July 28-30), Germany (August 18-21), Australia (September 8-11), France (September 29 to October 2), Spain (October 20-23), and Wales (November 10-13).

    Caption: Frenchman Sebastien Ogier and co-pilot Julen Ingrassia in their Citroen DS 3 WRC during the Reggini special stage in the 56th Acropolis Rally. (ANA-MPA/EPA/A. Vlachos)

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    [04] 'Terrified of elections'

    (ANA-MPA)--Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance) parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras accused the two mainstream parties -- ruling PASOK and main opposition ND -- of wanting to avoid early elections, terrified that the two-party system will be overturned if elections were held now that the Greek people have taken to the streets in protest.

    "Your big problem is that the Hellenic Republic has acquired a 'lower parliament'," Tsipras said during a vote of confidence debate in parliament on Sunday, referring to the Indignants' movement in Greece, the main bulk of which has been gathered outside the Greek parliament for more than three weeks.(ANA-MPA)

    "Your parliamentary groups will give you a vote of confidence, but the 'Lower Parliament', the society that is agonizing, does not give you a confidence vote," Tsipras said.(ANA-MPA)

    Tsipras stressed the need for immediately recourse to elections, charging that the present government had neither the people's nor the parliamentary legitimisation to pass the Medium-Term fiscal program.(ANA-MPA)

    He futher charged that the negotiations with the Troika were being used as a "tool for coercion of the people", and demanded that the government withdraw the Medium-Term program.(ANA-MPA)

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