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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Tsipras: People didn't vote for SYRIZA to shore up pro-bailout gov't
  • [02] Presidency statement refutes Independent Greeks party leader
  • [03] Samaras: Liberal forces against 'opportunist populism'
  • [04] Stocks end 3.62% down

  • [01] Tsipras: People didn't vote for SYRIZA to shore up pro-bailout gov't

    AMNA / The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) decided not to betray the hopes and expectations of the Greek people by supporting the pro-bailout parties, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday after the failure of last-ditch efforts to form a coalition government brokered by President Karolos Papoulias.

    He said the mainstream parties PASOK and ND were asking SYRIZA to support them and "leave the country without hope" and that this was the time for a "decisive step for a government of the Left" that would consign the forces of yesterday to "the cupboard of history". amna

    [02] Presidency statement refutes Independent Greeks party leader

    AMNA / The office of the Greek presidency on Tuesday refuted Independent Greeks party leader Panos Kammenos, allegations regarding a controversial text ostensibly listing his positions on the formation of a coalition government.

    According to a formal statement by the presidency, Kammenos requested that President Karolos Papoulias forward to the political party leaders the text he had presented him during their private meeting on Sunday night. amna

    The statement stressed that the text with the positions of the Independent Greeks party included various scenarios towards forming a government.

    "Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos yesterday and this morning made statements in private television stations and explained that he handed no such note to the President of the Republic; and not only that. He also said, and please read the minutes made public, that the dialogues made do not show that such a document was ever discussed," party spokesman Terence Quick on Tuesday said.

    Speaking to a private radio station in Athens, he also stated that Kammenos said he will send a "registered letter" with his positions even though the minutes taken mentioned that "he will present the list with his positions in a letter to the Hellenic Presidency Secretariat". www.amna.gr

    Quick said the party's agenda was handed over in a spiral-bound textbook. In any event, he said that according to the minutes takes, President Papoulias handed over his positions to the political party leaders that met with him after Kammenos. The note in question was also included, as confirmed by the Communist Party (KKE) spokesman. He said that "certain quarters want to take Kammenos out of the picture and play the game with their terms. I wish to clarify that I am not referring to the President of the Republic."

    [03] Samaras: Liberal forces against 'opportunist populism'

    AMNA / Elections are now unavoidable, New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said on Tuesday after the failure of talks to agree on a coalition to govern Greece. He stressed that the elections would pit 'Leftist statism' and 'opportunist populism' against the creative, liberal forces in the country.

    Samaras stressed that the message of the elections was clear and called for Greece to remain in the euro. Referring to the efforts to form a government, he said ND had put Greece's future above getting a place in government but had come up against a "wall of obstinacy" and stressed the need for unity in this time of crisis. amna

    [04] Stocks end 3.62% down

    AMNA / Stocks ended sharply lower at the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday as news that consultations to form a unity government failed – paving the way to new general elections in the country - which undermined sentiment in the market and reversed an early recovery trend. The composite index of the market fell 3.62 pct to end at 562.88 points, off the day's lows of 553.61 points. Turnover remained a low 43.428 million euros.

    The Big Cap index dropped 4.25 pct, the Mid Cap index eased 2.01 pct and the Small Cap index ended 3.20 pct lower. All blue chip stocks ended lower with Eurobank (10.6 pct), Viohalco (10.09 pct), Cyprus Popular Bank (9.46 pct) and PPC (7.47 pct) suffering the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

    All sectors moved lower, with Industrial Products (6.0 pct), Utilities (5.24 pct), Banks (4.90 pct) and Health (4.28 pct) suffering the biggest losses.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 89 to 33 with another 19 issues unchanged. Ilyda (27 pct), Boutaris (19.23 pct) and NEL (18.75 pct) were top gainers, while Papoutsanis (29.89 pct), Dromeas (25.21 pct) and Vioter (19.32 pct0 were top losers.


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