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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-12-22

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

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  • [01] PASOK leader Venizelos still confident political consensus can avert general elections
  • [02] Gov't spokeswoman: SYRIZA and ANEL are allies against the election of President of Republic

  • [01] PASOK leader Venizelos still confident political consensus can avert general elections

    ANA/MPA---During a speech on Sunday at Kavala, northern Greece, the Government Vice President Evangelos Venizelos reiterated he is in support of snap elections by end-2015 - not at the current period - expressing his view that it is possible for a political consensus to be formed by the 29th of December, in order for the current Parliament to elect a new President of the Republic and avert general elections being called immediately.

    Commenting on a widely publicized case regarding an alleged bribery attempt reported by an MP of the Greek Parliament, Venizelos noted that the 50-seat bonus offered by the Greek Constitution to the majority party in Parliament - a privilege enjoyed for years by both coalition government parties PASOK and New Democracy, when in power - is "irrational and democratically unfair" and needs to be revised.

    The leader of PASOK underlined his party is not afraid of general elections and stands ready to cope with them. He also emphatically noted, that he will fight until the end to avert any further breaking-up of PASOK.

    [02] Gov't spokeswoman: SYRIZA and ANEL are allies against the election of President of Republic

    ANA/MPA---Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi on Monday, speaking to private ANT1 TV, called Independent Greeks (ANEL) MP Pavlos Chaikalis' alleged bribery an internal case of "Kammenos' (ANEL leader) party where they monitored each other.

    It is the third attempt against the election of President of Republic, Voultepsi said and attacked ANEL party saying "Either we have confidence in Justice or we don't" adding "I can't accept that they did not give the evidence to the prosecution because they were afraid they would leak. In this sense, Justice would never work. Justice would not be able to make an investigation, without proof."

    Voultepsi charged main opposition SYRIZA that it is involved in the case saying that it "benefits" and referred to a "clear alliance between SYRIZA and ANEL to prevent a president to be elected."

    The memoranda will end, Voultepsi said, but if democracy is damaged, it will take 2-3 generations to be restored.


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