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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-06-09

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

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  • [01] Opinion poll shows ND lead over SYRIZA
  • [02] Draft bill for helping struggling borrowers sent to Parliament

  • [01] Opinion poll shows ND lead over SYRIZA

    ANA/MPA--New Democracy (ND) leads by 2.3 percent over main opposition SYRIZA, according to an opinion poll conducted for RealNews Sunday newspaper.

    According to the poll results, ND was leading with 27.9 percent, followed by SYRIZA with 25.6 percent, ultra-right Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) with 13.4 percent, Independent Greeks with 6.9 percent, PASOK with 6.4 percent, Democratic Left (DIMAR) with 6.2 percent and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 5.8 percent.

    In response to who would be most suitable for prime minister, current Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (and ND leader) was preferred by 43.2 percent of the respondents, followed by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras with 23.7 percent, while 31.2 percent said neither of the two.

    [02] Draft bill for helping struggling borrowers sent to Parliament

    ANA/MPA--A draft bill designed to ease the plight of borrowers struggling to service their loans was approved by Parliament's Committee for Production and Trade and forwarded to the Parliament plenum, where the debate before the final vote will begin on Monday.

    The New Democracy party that leads the ruling coalition voted in favour of all articles but the two junior coalition partners, PASOK and Democratic Left (DIM.AR) expressed misgivings about articles 2 and 5, which determine the conditions for entering a debt settlement programme. DIM.AR additional raised objections to article 10, which states that a borrower is only eligible for inclusion in such a programme once.

    Of the opposition parties, main opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA-EKM) voted against all the articles in the bill except article 17, which gives the courts powers to satisfy the demands of creditors to a sum equalling 80 percent of the tax-office assessed value of a main home. Objections were expressed by the Independent Greeks and Golden Dawn parties, while the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) voted against all the articles in the bill.


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