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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 03-11-14
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 GREEN LIGHT TO ELECTORAL LAWAthens, 14 November 2003 (13:07 UTC+2)
The Cabinet approved the proposed electoral law unanimously. One of the first important points of the new electoral law that was made known, concerns the breaking up of Athens' second electoral district into smaller areas, and the rest of Attica into another three. The agenda of inaction they want to force on us will not pass, stressed the Prime Minister while talking to the Ministers, adding that the government will have deeds, action, and an active presence in society, until the moment elections are proclaimed.
 BARRAGE OF ARSONSAthens, 14 November 2003 (15:11 UTC+2)
A barrage of arson attacks with home made incendiary explosive devices were noted in the early morning hours in Athens. The targets of the unknown culprits were the offices of New Democracy in Egaleo and five bank branches. An unknown party telephoned the Eleftherotypia newspaper and took responsibility as a member of Revolutionary Solidarity.
 A CALL TO ARMSAthens, 14 November 2003 (11:14 UTC+2)
The signal for major mobilization of officials, members and friends of PASOK was given by Prime Minister of PASOK Costas Simitis, during his speech on Thursday night at the first meeting of the Movement's Central Electoral Committee, which has 65 members. Elections in Greece are finally decided at the end of election day, stressed Mr. Simitis.
 ALL EYES ON THE FANARIAthens, 14 November 2003 (11:14 UTC+2)
All eyes in the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece are turned to the Fanari today, as the Metropolites of Sparti, Efstathios, and of Xanthi, Panteleimonas, delivered the list of proposed Metropolites for the New Countries and an accompanying letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch yesterday. The Fanari made it known that the decision voted for by the Synod of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece after the proposal of Archbishop Christodoulos, will be discussed at upcoming Synod meetings.
 THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON THE CABINET MEETINGAthens, 14 November 2003 (18:34 UTC+2)
The cabinet approved unanimously today the introduction on the new electoral law made by Interior Minister Kostas Skandalidis which, according to government spokesman Christos Protopapas, will promote strong governments, it is fair, more proportional, provides for pre-election cooperation between political parties and coalitions, boosts openness and restores injustices made against small parties.
Prime Minister Kostas Simitis referred to the rejection of the dialogue on the new electoral law by main opposition party of New Democracy and the rest political parties under the pretext that they do not want to discuss it before the next elections. The Prime Minister stated the election law is not going to be implemented in the next elections but in the 2008 elections in accordance with the Constitution.
 MARGINAL GAINS IN THE ASEAthens, 14 November 2003 (17:20 UTC+2)
Marginal gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange. The general index rose to +0.10% at 2.163,47 points, while the volume of transactions was at 113.7 million euros.
Of the stocks trading today, 185 had losses and 100 recorded gains, while the value of 104 stocks remained unchanged.
 THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON MILLER'S STATEMENTSAthens, 14 November 2003 (17:11 UTC+2)
Greek government spokesman Christos Protopapas commented on the statements made by US ambassador to Athens Thomas Miller against Mikis Theodorakis.
Those who exercise a specific mission in Greece should be more careful and it is not part of their duties to exercise criticism on statements made by Greek citizens especially, when they refer to issues that do not concern the country they represent, stated Mr. Protopapas.
 MITSOTAKIS RELEASED FROM HOSPITALAthens, 14 November 2003 (12:51 UTC+2)
Honorary President of New Democracy Constantinos Mitsotakis is was released from the Evaggelismos hospital at 11am today, after being restored to full health. The former Prime Minister thanked all those who took an interest in his health and wished him well.
According to the announcement made by his doctor Mr. Mitsotakis is very well and the results of the lab tests showed that his gastroenteritis was due to salmonella enteritis, although Mr. Mitsotakis received antibiotics in case his gastroenteritis had been viral. Unconfirmed information mentioned that he possibly contracted salmonella at the reception in honor of the Bulgarian President held at the Presidential Mansion.
 BRITISH CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF IN GREECEAthens, 14 November 2003 (11:56 UTC+2)
A formal visit to Greece is being carried out from November 16 to November 18, by the Chief of the British Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Alan West, following the invitation extended by his Greek counterpart, Vice Admiral A. Antoniadis.
During his visit, Mr. West will discuss issues of bilateral interest with the Greek Chief of the Naval Staff.
Mr. West will also meet with Deputy Minister of National Defense Theodoros Kotsonis, the Head of the General Army Staff, General Giorgos Antonakopoulos, and he will visit the Fleet Headquarters, where he will meet with Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Th. Katopodis.