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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-04-07

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  • [01] PASOK criticises PM's address at conference

  • [01] PASOK criticises PM's address at conference

    Main opposition PASOK party spokesman Nikos Athanassakis, commenting on Friday on the address made by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis at his ruling New Democracy party's conference on local administration, said that he "will continue to apply the policy that benefits the few and harms the many".

    Athanassakis added that the prime minister "will continue to undermine social cohesion with his so-called reforms and create generalised insecurity in society and will continue to break all his pre-election promises and implement ND's secret agenda."

    The spokesman went on to say that Karamanlis "will continue on the path of hypocrisy and lies at a time when society really wants seriousness, responsibility and consistency and will continue to cover up the great crime of phone-tapping and the question is why."

    Athanassakis further said that ND "does not believe even today" in decentralisation and local administration. ND believes and serves and wants an ineffective concentrated and clientele state.

    Responding to the statements by Athanassakis, the interior ministry said in an announcement that "all that has been done for local administration over the past two years did not take place not only during the last 10 years of PASOK governance but throughout the entire duration of its government tenures".

    It said that "it is PASOK that never believed in decentralisation and local administration," adding that "this is proved by the fact that in March 2004 (when the last general elections were held in the country) it had left first and second degree local administration in a state of economic collapse."

    Lastly, it accuses Athanassakis of "a tactic of distorting reality," noting that "one could not expect PASOK's press representative to tell the truth because this was also his tactic during the period of the country's governance by PASOK."

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