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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-01-18

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  • [01] PASOK comments on constitution's revision
  • [02] KKE leader comments on CoE memorandum

  • [01] PASOK comments on constitution's revision

    Main opposition PASOK party spokesman Nikos Athanassakis said that statements made by government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos on Wednesday confirm the position of PASOK of a "poor and conservative revision of the constitution which also lacks boldness and is a slapdash one".

    Athanassakis said that the issue of the constitution's revision "conceals expediencies of diversion and the prime minister escaping from current problems". He added that the issue was opened during the discussion on the budget, four whole months before the process began in Parliament.

    The PASOK party's spokesman also spoke of an offhand fashion in the way with which the government is introducing issues for revision, referring to such issues as employees' permanence and the lifting of Parliamentary deputies' asylum.

    In another development, PASOK leader George Papandreou held prolonged talks on Wednesdaay afternoon with the president of the party's municipal and prefectural elections committee Alekos Papadopoulos, regarding election tactics and candidacy issues.

    [02] KKE leader comments on CoE memorandum

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga on Wednesday announced that a large KKE delegation will travel to Strasbourg on January 24 to deliver a document with thousands of signatures to the Council of Europe, which expresses opposition to an anti-Communist memorandum that is being brought before the CoE Parliamentary Assembly.

    Papariga said the anti-Communist memorandum proposed at the CoE was a "strategic choice bred in the soil of generalised imperialist strategy", which would be the forerunner of a new cycle of barbarous reactionary measures targeting social rights, democratic rights and the launching of a new cycle of war.

    She also singled out the memorandum's attempt to equate Nazism with Communist regimes as "a mistake bordering on a crime and an unhistorical lie" that "turned history on its head".

    The KKE leader expressed satisfaction with the assurances given by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis that New Democracy would vote against the memorandum - as both ND and PASOK had done at an earlier stage - and underlined that all MPs should attend the assembly in Strasbourg when the memorandum would be put to the vote.

    Papariga noted that her party had carried out self-criticism where this was needed and announced that it would soon be publishing the initial conclusions of a study begun by KKE in 1995 concerning the purported mistakes and crimes carried out by the former Soviet Union.

    "We answer to the working class and the people, not to the imperialists," she added.

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