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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-06-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] SYRIZA: 'Gov't has clear rightist orientation'
  • [02] PM: Our target is to take country out of crisis
  • [03] The Friday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [04] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Decline

  • [01] SYRIZA: 'Gov't has clear rightist orientation'

    AMNA--A statement issued by the main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) on Thursday underlined that "the new three-party government does not intend to stray off the path of the Memorandum".

    According to the statement, the individuals chosen to hold portfolios and the emerging policy convergence between the three parties indicates that the government formed "has a clearly rightist content and orientation, and is being supported mainly by the powers that are responsible for defending and implementing the most extreme and anti-popular policies in recent decades."amna

    SYRIZA stressed that "the selection of the minister of finance from the banking sector is indicative of the alliances the new government intends to forge, in the footsteps of the ‘successful' path followed by the (previous) Papademos government." amna

    SYRIZA emphasised that it will be "consistent with its election campaign pledges as the major opposition party and will defend the interests of the majority of the people, Greece's exit from the catastrophic memorandums and the upset of the Eurozone's neo-liberal architecture."

    [02] PM: Our target is to take country out of crisis

    AMNA-Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, addressing, Thursday evening, the first cabinet meeting immediately after the swearing in of the government's members, stressed that "the government has no period of grace" and announced a salary cut for ministers.

    "A government is being formed with full duties and as the constitution anticipates, the coalition government is a great step that necessitates great consensuses. We achieved them to save the country and for the country to come out of the crisis," Samaras said.

    "Our target is to take the country out of the crisis and for the sacrifices of the people not to be in vain. We shall achieve it by telling the people the truth," the prime minister said, adding that in a short period of time "we achieved identity of views. There is consensus on many points. This was also the mandate of the Greek people to which the parties that are cooperating responded."amna

    He announced two measures: firstly the salaries of the cabinet members will be decreased by 30 percent. Secondly the use of state cars by the government and the members of public administration will be reduced to the minimum number necessary.

    Samaras said he will rule with truth and modesty and added that the ministers cannot be at the television channels every day.amna

    Addressing his ministers, he said: "I know that all of you have good intentions. But I am not interested in good intentions. I am interested in work and the result. The most crucial word is the word effectiveness. We shall make in every ministry a target-timetable for us to know what took place and did not take place at its time, what was late and why. This government has no period of grace. Despite its interparty composition it is unified."

    [03] The Friday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The composition of the new Samaras coalition government dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS: "Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to ministers: No more words, just work and efficiency".

    AVGHI: "Rightist government without alibi".

    AVRIANI: "30-percent cut in ministers' salaries".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The five key individuals in Samaras government".

    ESTIA: "Government must succeed".

    ETHNOS: "Deep blue (ND's color) in Samaras' new government".

    IMERISSIA: "Huge ordeal begins".

    KATHIMERINI: "Government without grace period".

    LOGOS: "What we should expect from government".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "A government experiment for most crucial of missions".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "New co-governance will put the burden on people".

    TA NEA: "Can they?".

    VRADYNI: "Samaras: Greek people are our boss".

     

    [04] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 1.05 percent, standing at 607.65 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 3.965 million euros.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 1.95 percent, while the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.39 percent.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Health, up 1.22 percent; Commerce, up 0.17 percent and Personal and Household Goods, up 0.12 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Public Utilities, down 3.35 percent; Banks, down 2.99 percent and Telecoms, down 3.65 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 11 were up, 32 were down, and 5 were unchanged.


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