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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-04-25

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PASOK, ND unveil state deputy tickets
  • [02] Venizelos unveils platform on governance
  • [03] Trade deficit sharply down by 27.4pctr in Feb. 2012

  • [01] PASOK, ND unveil state deputy tickets

    AMNAOlympic medalist in weightlifting Pyrros Dimas, former minister and PASOK spokesperson Fofi Gennimata and PASOK political council member Nikos Androulakis will head PASOK's state deputy ticket, unveiled on Tuesday and comprising 12 candidates.

    PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos said the state deputy ticket is made up of individuals that represent a creative and optimistic Greece in contact with reality.

    "We need to be optimistic and make a final effort. After this effort is made success will belong to all Greeks," Venizelos said. amna

    Judges' and Prosecutors' Union President and Supreme Court member Haralambos Athanassiou heads the New Democracy (ND) state deputies' ticket followed by Chryssanthos Lazaridis and party spokesman Yannis Mihelakis, two close associates of ND leader Antonis Samaras. The ND state deputy list announced on Tuesday.amna

    Unveiling his party's state deputies' ticket, Samaras said it reflects the top priorities of the ND policy, adding that it expresses the party's will to bring transparency to the country's public life.

    [02] Venizelos unveils platform on governance

    AMNA--PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos proposed an overall revision of the Constitution, the first phase of which could be completed by the parliament to arise from the May 6 general elections, in a televised address on Wednesday during which he presented his party's platform on governance.

    Greece, he said, needs a major "national and social pact for a 'New State', a democracy of consensus, because nothing is achieved with marginal majorities".amna

    He also proposed changes to the election procedure for the President of the Republic, noting that if parliament fails to elect a President with a three-fifths majority (180 votes in the 300-member parliament), then recourse should be taken in the electoral body, while he also suggested that the President be given new regulatory authorities.

    [03] Trade deficit sharply down by 27.4pctr in Feb. 2012

    AMNA--Greece's trade balance deficit dropped sharply by 27.4 percent in February this year, bringing the reduction in the first two months of the year to 28.6 percent, resulting from a continuing decline in imports arising from a drastic reduction in domestic consumer demand, the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said on Wednesday.

    According to provisional figures released by ELSTAT, the total value of imports-arrivals, excluding oil products, in February 2012 amounted to 2321.8 million euros (3061.0 million dollars) in comparison with 2721.3 million euros (3702.9 million dollars) in February 2011, recording a drop, in euros, of 14.7%.amna

    The total value of exports-dispatches, excluding oil products, in February 2012 amounted to 1241.8 million euros (1647.2 million dollars) in comparison with 1233.7 million euros (1688

    .9 million dollars) in February 2011, recording an increase, in euros, of 0.7%.


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