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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-08-31

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

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  • [01] Pavlopoulos says talks over local gov't election changes to begin in Sept.
  • [02] Karamanlis conveys condolences to Bush over 'Katrina' destruction

  • [01] Pavlopoulos says talks over local gov't election changes to begin in Sept.

    Interior and Public Administration Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Wednesday said whatever procedural changes allowing for the election mayors and prefects in the first round of local government elections -- beginning next year -- will be discussed with officials of the associations representing municipalities and prefectures, KEDKE and ENAE, respectively.

    Pavlopoulos said the meetings and related dialogue will begin next month, while he reiterated that the election change -- establishing a 42-percent limit for first round election instead of the 50+1 limit now in force -- comprises a pre-election commitment by ruling New Democracy party.

    [02] Karamanlis conveys condolences to Bush over 'Katrina' destruction

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Wednesday conveyed his condolences to US President George W. Bush over the loss of life and destruction caused by Hurricane "Katrina" this week in several US States, especially in Mississippi and Louisiana.

    "On behalf of the Greek government and the Greek people, let me express my sincerest condolences for the tragic loss of life caused by Hurricane Katrina ... Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and all those enduring the consequences of this destruction," Karamanlis' letter reads.

    Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos also conveyed his condolences to the White House over the loss of life and destruction caused by the devastating hurricane.

    Karamanlis also sent his condolences on Wednesday to his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jafari, hours after a stampede atop a Baghdad bridge claimed the lives of hundreds of people in the Iraqi capital.

    "It is with great sadness that I was informed of the tragic loss of so many innocent people today in Baghdad," Karamanlis' statement read.


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