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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-05-14

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

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  • [01] Gov't on issue of election law change
  • [02] Alavanos begins tour of Irakleio prefecture

  • [01] Gov't on issue of election law change

    The government spokesman on Monday answered a bevy of questions regarding various recent proposals and accompanying press speculation over possible changes in the election law ahead of an upcoming general poll.

    Alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros nevertheless pointed to an "extreme reaction" by some quarters over possible changes, noting that this "characterises those who are afraid they will come in second. The government, however, is not worried because it will come in first in the next elections."

    Asked about the reasons behind the need -- via changes in the election law -- to ensure a "comfortable mandate" for the first party elected, Antonaros merely noted that the government is "putting dialogue into practice. It (government) wants the greatest possible consensus and is proceeding with implementation of its pre-election commitments, within the framework of the mandate given to it by the Greek people."

    A trio of top ruling New Democracy cadres -- ministers Dimitris Avramopoulos and Dimitris Sioufas as well as party secretary Lefteris Zagoritis -- all commented on the election law issue over the weekend.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros.

    [02] Alavanos begins tour of Irakleio prefecture

    Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) leader Alekos Alavanos began a tour of Irakleio prefecture in Crete on Monday, where he said he will be a candidate in one of the island's four prefectures.

    Alavanos was scheduled to meet with various local officials and party officials, while he will also address supporters during an evening rally in a central square of the city, the largest on Crete.

    In brief statements to the local press, Alavanos said that whenever elections are held, they will disengage the country from the "suffocating" two-party system, as he called it. Along those lines, he said his leftist party's goal is not merely the 3-percent threshold for representation in Parliament but a significant increase of its electoral strength.

    Finally, he said that comments by government ministers recently about changing election law were merely "panic-driven talk".


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