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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-01
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
Last Update: 23:27 GMT+2
NEWS IN DETAIL
 VIOLENCE ERUPTS AFTER FOOTBALL MATCH IN THESSALONIKI , 15 INJURED
Web Posted: 20:39 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 01/11/1998 (MPA) Fifteen people were injured in incidents during Saturday's first division football match between PAOK Thessaloniki and championship holders Olympiakos Piraeus, which the referee called off in the 83rd minute.
The incidents started when the guest team took a 2-1 lead with a penalty in 79, and acquired explosive dimensions when the hosts were disallowed a goal a minute later. The pitch was invaded by fans and the stands sustained extensive damage.
About 3,000 Olympiakos fans had to be escorted out of the city under strong police protection several hours later.
 DEFENSE MINISTER: THERE IS NO LEADERSHIP ISSUE IN PASOK
Web Posted: 20:39 GMT+2Athens, 01/11/1998 (MPA) National Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos has stated that there is no leadership issue in the ruling PASOK party, however he did stress the need to form a composition of points of view in order to create the prerequisites and opportunities for the reunification of forces in the wider political arena.
In an interview with an Athens daily, Mr. Tsochatzopoulos admitted that the main opposition party New Democracy is ahead and appears to favor a coalition leadership, comparable to that of Germany's.
 PARLIAMENT CONVENES FOR CONFIDENCE VOTE IN GOVERNMENT
Web Posted: 20:39 GMT+2Athens, 01/11/1998 (MPA) The Hellenic Parliament embarked on discussions this evening, concerning granting a confidence vote to the government.
Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, who sought the confidence vote immediately after the government reshuffle on Thursday, will open the discussion analyzing the government policy in all sectors. The discussion will continue until midnight on Tuesday when the parliamentarians will vote in an open ballot. The government is resolved to seek a Parliamentary absolute majority of at least 151 votes in the confidence vote on Tuesday night.
Mr. Simitis has reiterated the three major targets which the government would be striving to attain during the coming period. The first, he said, was to maintain and increase the pace of the upward and developmental course of the Greek economy, the ultimate objective being the country's entry into EMU. The second target, was to strengthen Greece's role on the international scene.
While this role has already been boosted by the major initiatives taken by Greece, the premier added: "We must intensify our efforts". The premier said the third target was to improve the quality of life and deal with citizens' daily problems, particularly unemployment, crime and issues related to the country's health services.
 SECOND ROUND OF ELECTIONS IN FYROM HELD TODAY
Web Posted: 20:39 GMT+2Skopje, 01/11/1998 (MPA) The second round of parliamentary elections was held in FYROM today.
The VMRO-DPMNE and Democratic Alternative coalition got 21 seats in the first round, the Social-democratic Union 13, the Albanian parties PDP and PDPA-NDP got 14 seats, the Liberal Democratic Party 2 and the Socialist Party 1 seat.
The second round of elections was held in 62 of the country's 85 polling districts.
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