|Tuesday, 17 October 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-22
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Fresh Dispute over Early ElectionsConfrontation between PASOK and the ruling ND party on the issue of election of President of the Republic linked with possibility of holding early elections continues. The government blamed PASOK for excessive craving for elections and petty partisan interest. On its part PASOK accused the government of violating institutions. Alekos Alabanos objects to the policies concerning election of President of both the government and the main opposition party.
Relevant statements by Constitutional Law professors have intensified political confrontation on the possibility of holding early elections on the grounds to elect president of the Republic.
Government spokesman E. Antonaros blamed the main opposition PASOK party for excessive craving for elections and attempting to convince people to center on elections to merely serve their petty partisan interests and craving for power.
On its part, PASOK insists that the issue is political and not constitutional and accuses the government of violating institutions.
āCircumstances are clear and some are trying in vain to obfuscate the issue. We have a minority government exercising destructive policy, pretending to respect institutions, which it actually does not hesitate to ignore-such as justice- for the sake of partisan interests. If we did not support the position that it was a minority government and it should step down as soon as possibly it would have been like closing our eyes to reality and destruction. We do not do it. Ones that obfuscate the issue do itā, stressed PASOK deputy Mihalis Hrisohoidis.
Alekos Alabanos, president of SYRIZA Parliamentary Group, objected to both the government and PASOK positions on the grounds of election of President of the Republic and spoke of games and hypocrisy in the two parties' confrontation. SYRIZA believes that talks should focus on problems created by the global financial crisis.
Speaking to NET 105. 8 Constitutional Law professor Antonis Manitakis objected to the positions of professors Tsatsos and Kassimatis on the election of President. He maintained that it was not an unorthodox method within rules of government-opposition political games to resort to the Constitution, its procedures and institutions.
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