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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-03-04

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  • [01] Poll foresees nine-party parliament
  • [02] Major antiquities smuggling ring uncovered

  • [01] Poll foresees nine-party parliament

    AMNA--The latest in the ubiquitous weekend opinion polls envisions a nine-party Parliament but without any party achieving a large enough majority to form a one-party government.

    According to results of a poll published on Sunday by the Athens daily "Kathimerini", New Democracy (ND) garnered 28 percent of respondents' preference, with the newly established Democratic Left party favoured by 16 percent of respondents. The Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) polled 12 percent, followed by the Communist Party (KKE) and former ruling PASOK with 11 percent. amna

    The Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) and the Ecologists-Greens collected 4 percent each. Interestingly enough, the latest party (Independent Greeks) to be established, just last week, received 4 percent as well. amna

    Moreover, the ultra-rightwing Chryssi Avghi was given 3.5 percent, a figure which if reproduced at the ballot box would mean its parliament representation.

    The abstention rate was recorded at a high 27.5 percent.

    Finally, 87 percent of respondents said they were dissappointed with the interim Papademos government; 52 percent of respondents disagreed with the new Memorandum. amna

    The opinion poll was conducted by the firm Public Issue.

    [02] Major antiquities smuggling ring uncovered

    AMNA-- Law enforcement authorities were on Sunday continuing an investigation in Macedonia, Thessaly and central Greece to uncover a major ring of illegal antiquities traders. They have made 44 arrests so far and recovered more than 8,000 ancient gold and silver coins found in the possession of the suspects.

    Police said the ancient coins are now being counted and a search launched to discover their origin and value.

    They have also confiscated several metal detectors, sums of money and books on the history of the specific coins in the possession of the suspects.

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