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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-12-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Samaras' office statement ahead of presidential election
  • [02] SYRIZA spokesman: Gov't is far away from the 180 votes needed for the election of President
  • [03] Greece drains 1.3 bln euros from T-bill auction‏

  • [01] PM Samaras' office statement ahead of presidential election

    ANA/MPA---Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' office on Wednesday issued the following statement ahead of the first voting for the election of a President of the Republic:

    "Tonight, the first voting for the election of a President of the Republic will be carried out. During that voting procedure, positive votes are not considered a vote in favour of the government; but a decision to defend the Constitution and respect the institution of the President of the Republic, as well as an avoidance of a political adventure that could be fatal for the country's European course."

    [02] SYRIZA spokesman: Gov't is far away from the 180 votes needed for the election of President

    ANA/MPA---SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis on Wednesday, referring to the first round of the presidential elections, said "I believe that during the voting procedure it will be confirmed that we are far away from the 180 deputies and there will be no signs that these votes will be gathered in the next rounds. I estimate that the government will not find the 180 votes even if the candidate changes."

    Commenting on Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' press office announcement, Skourletis noted, speaking to VIMA FM: "Despite their efforts to 'neutralise' the procedure in relation to the implemented policies, meaning the continuation of the memorandum policies, the announcement does not succeed in doing so. For this reason, the announcement concludes by saying that the country must avoid the political adventure and by political adventure they refer to early elections."

    Regarding Bank of Greece (BoG) governor Yannis Stournaras' statements, Skourletis noted "Stournaras' statements on Tuesday are considered the darkest statements in the bank's history. You must be certain that are written on the black page and will be evaluated in more appropriate times. There are no similar statements by a BoG governor in the past."

    On main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras' meeting with former BoG governor Giorgos Provopoulos on Tuesday, the party spokesman said "Mr. Provopoulos holds the helm of the Greek central bank in very crucial times, he knows persons and conditions and possibly mechanisms that operate in periods of instability and irregularity. So, in all senses it was a useful meeting."

    [03] Greece drains 1.3 bln euros from T-bill auction‏

    ANA/MPA---Greek authorities on Tuesday successfully auctioned a three-month Treasury bill issue draining 1.3 billion euros from the market at a slightly higher cost. The Public Debt Management Organization, in an announcement, said that the interest rate of the issue was set at 1.90 pct from 1.80 pct of the previous auction of same issue in December 10. Bids submitted totaled 1.625 billion euros, 1.93 times more than the asked sum. The auction was made with the market's primary dealers and settlement date was set for Friday, 19 December. The organization will also accept non-competitive bids up to 30 pct of the asked sum by Thursday, 18 December.
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