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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-11-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather Forecast: Cloudy on Sunday
  • [02] U.S. firm predicts PASOK victory in next elections
  • [03] Police arrest drug addict holding girlfriend as hostage

  • [01] Weather Forecast: Cloudy on Sunday

    17/11/2001 17:58:36

    Cloud is forecast in the Cyclades islands and northern Crete, with fair weather in the rest of the country but with cloud appearing in western Greece at night. Winds southerly moderate to strong, turning gale force in the southern Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from 5C to 17C; in the west from 9C to 23C; and in the rest of the country from 13C to 21C. Cloudy in Athens, with temperatures from 9C to 20C. Fair in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 7C to 17C.

    [02] U.S. firm predicts PASOK victory in next elections

    17/11/2001 16:37:47

    A report by a U.S. political analysis firm on political developments in Greece gives the ruling PASOK party a bigger chance of winning the next general elections in the country, normally due to take place in April 2004, than the main opposition New Democracy party.

    According to the report by the Political Risk Services (formerly Frost and Sullivan), PASOK has a bigger chance of winning the next elections (50 percent against 45 for ND), provided it acts swiftly with reforms it has promised and particularly in the next six months.

    The report contains predictions on who will govern the country over the next 18 months and in the next five years. The 18-month prediction gives PASOK 60 percent and ND 35, while the five-year one gives PASOK 50 percent and ND 45.

    According to the newspaper "Imerisia" (Daily), in which the contents of the report were published, both predictions contain the "unlikely" and absolutely theoretical possibility of the military taking power (five percent) under extreme circumstances such as a confrontation with Turkey.

    Regarding the elections in 2004, the report says the most likely scenario is a victory for PASOK, although it acknowledges that voters have already punished the ruling party for "neglecting the modernisation of social services for the benefit of an economic austerity programme aimed at achieving Greece's accession to the eurozone."

    The report further says that what will be decisive for developments will be the government's effectiveness concerning "its promises for the modernisation of the health, education and pensioning systems."

    The newspaper said that the report has been delivered to the White House and the heads of the biggest U.S. multinational companies.

    [03] Police arrest drug addict holding girlfriend as hostage

    17/11/2001 15:57:20

    Police stormed an apartment in the Athens district of Kolonos at noon on Saturday and arrested a drug addict who had been holding his girlfriend hostage for hours and had threatened to kill her with a knife.

    The offender was identified as Stamatis Moustakas, 27, while the woman who was slightly injured in the neck was taken to hospital for treatment.


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