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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-07-10

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

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  • [01] SYN's self-dissolution marks a new beginning, SYRIZA leader Tsipras declares at party congress
  • [02] KKE secretary general pays first visit as party leader to President Papoulias

  • [01] SYN's self-dissolution marks a new beginning, SYRIZA leader Tsipras declares at party congress

    ANA-MPA -- Wrapping up his address before the last Synaspismos (SYN) congress, main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday noted that "in the morning we close the Synaspismos chapter and in the afternoon we will turn a new page," considering that a vote will take place in a few hours to decide the party's self-dissolution and incorporation into SYRIZA-EKM.

    Tsipras' speech was emotionally charged while referring to SYN's establishment, an initiative by Harilaos Florakis and Leonidas Kirkos, both leading figures of the Left. A special reference was made to former SYN leader Nikos Konstantopoulos considering that the process for the establishment of SYRIZA had started during his term in office and to the contribution of the late Mihalis Papagiannakis, a leading SYN cadre.

    Tsipras underlined that the SYN congress marks a new beginning, noting that SYRIZA "can rule the country, salvage society from the memorandum storm, defend the workers and restore democracy and popular sovereignty".

    He noted that "SYN played a leading role in the creation of SYRIZA, the most successful experiment of leftist unity across Europe," adding his party has "the social momentum sought after for years to put in motion the major overthrow of the corrupt political system".

    [02] KKE secretary general pays first visit as party leader to President Papoulias

    ANA-MPA -- Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Dimitris Koutsoumbas expressed the party's disagreement with the government's measures and its deep concern over the warring state in the general geographic area, during a meeting with President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday.

    Koutsoumbas said the party requested the particular meeting, his first as party leader, "to brief the president on KKE's positions around major problems faced by the Greek people and Greece, and we also informed him of the decisions of the party's 19th congress related to the future and the exit from the crisis."

    Papoulias expressed interest in the existence of a communist party in Turkey and described his recent visit to Auschwitz, while on an official visit to Poland, saying he was impressed by the number of young people paying tribute at the site to victims of the Nazis. He said that nobody from his village survived the Nazi occupation of Greece, while one of the officers responsible for the transfer of people to Auschwitz was Kurt Waldheim, later UN secretary general.


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