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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ND, PASOK lost roughly 3.3 mln voters in 2012 election
  • [02] 'Independent Greeks' satisfied with election showing
  • [03] President to give mandate to Tsipras on Tuesday
  • [04] ND fails to form coalition gov't, returns mandate
  • [05] The Tuesday edition of Athens' newspapers
  • [06] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Decline

  • [01] ND, PASOK lost roughly 3.3 mln voters in 2012 election

    AMNA--Of more than half of the voters that went to the polls, roughly more than three million are former supporters of New Democracy (ND) and PASOK, the two political parties that suffered heavy losses in Sunday's general elections, both in terms of percentages and number of votes compared with the 2009 elections.

    ND received 1,191,052 votes (18.85 pct) and 108 seats in Parliament, compared to 2009 when it received 2,295,719 votes (33.47 pct) and 91 seats. Despite the fact that it received less votes (1,104,667) compared to 2009 it will have more seats in Parliament (17 seats). amna

    PASOK received 832,777 votes (13.18 pct) and 41 seats, compared to 2009 with 3,012,542 votes (43.92 pct) and 160 seats. Namely, it received roughly one-fourth of the votes and one-fourth of the seats.amna

    During the 2009 general elections, SYRIZA had received 315,665 votes (4.60 pct) and 13 seats compared to 1,060,411 votes (16.78 pct) and 52 seats it received in Sunday's elections. SYRIZA is represented in Parliament with almost half the seats of ND despite the fact that it received only 130,641 votes less than ND.

    [02] 'Independent Greeks' satisfied with election showing

    ┴AMNA--The Independent Greeks party will meet next week, chaired by Panos Kammenos, it was announced on Monday. The meeting is scheduled to take place before the swearing-in of the new parliament on May 17.

    Expressing satisfaction for the election result, Kammenos underlined that his party will be the protagonist in the new political cycle that opens for the country, adding that "the main goal is to bring back ethics in politics and abolish the memorandums". amna

    According to his associates, Kammenos does not intend to enter talks with New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras or PASOK's Evangelos Venizelos.

    [03] President to give mandate to Tsipras on Tuesday

    AMNA--President Karolos Papoulias will receive SYRIZA party leader Alexis Tsipras at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, to give him the second exploratory mandate for the formation of a government, after New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, the first to have received such a mandate, failed to find coalition partner.

    [04] ND fails to form coalition gov't, returns mandate

    AMNA--In a live televised statement on Monday evening, New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras said that his efforts to form a coalition government with any of the other parties elected to Parliament had failed and that he was handing back the exploratory mandate presented to him under the Constitution.

    Samaras, whose party came first in Greece's general elections with 18.87 percent, visited President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias earlier on Monday and received the first three-day exploratory mandate in order to try and form a coalition government.amna

    Samaras, in his televised statement on Monday evening after returning the mandate to President Karolos Papoulias on the creation of a government, stressed that "as I also said on Sunday night we cannot let Greece be ungoverned."amna

    Samaras further said "and as I committed myself, I tried to find a solution for a national salvation government, with two aims: the country to stay in the euro and the policy of the memorandum to change, through renegotiating, with growth measures, for the recession to stop and society to be relieved.

    [05] The Tuesday edition of Athens' newspapers

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The exploratory mandates to parties in order to form a government and the possible scenarios, mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Form a government !...".

    AVGHI: "The people's mandate should not be adulterated".

    AVRIANI: "Clear solutions with new elections on June 17."

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "A new recourse to ballots a painful choice".

    ESTIA: "Political confusion".

    ETHNOS: "Messages for government with the Left".

    IMERISSIA: "Lack of governance terrifies - Samaras' effort sank".

    KATHIMERINI: "Mandate to New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras fruitless".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Europe awaiting solution and insists on the agreement".

    NIKI: "Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis as prime minister with Samaras' tolerance".

    LOGOS: "New elections on the horizon".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Communist Party (KKE) a determinant power for the popular movement".

    TA NEA: "Exploratory mandates a hot potato".

    VRADYNI: "Deliberations frenzy with eyes turned to new elections".

    [06] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Decline

    AMNA--Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.96 percent, standing at 637.69 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 3.495 million euros.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 1.42 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.26 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.38 percent.

    Individual sector indices were moving downward, with the biggest gains in Health, up 4.22 percent and Commerce, up 0.87 percent.amna

    The biggest losses were in Banks, down 2.96 percent; and Technology down 2.07 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 12 were up, 24 were down, and 9 were unchanged.


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