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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-08

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

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  • [01] PASOK leadership candidate Skandalidis' interview

  • [01] PASOK leadership candidate Skandalidis' interview

    "Nov. 11 should be a sprinbgoard for a new victorious course for PASOK," Costas Skandalidis, one of three main opposition candidates in Sunday's internal election for a new party leadership, said on Thursday during an interview with ANA-MPA.

    He added that the issue was not who would be elected PASOK president, but "which PASOK" the leader elected would be leading.

    Skandalidis also attributed PASOK's defeat in the Sept. 16 general elections to the fact that it became "lost in management", and pledged that, if elected to the party helm, his first job would be to restructure the party and lead it towards victory in the next general elections.

    Asked whether PASOK's rank and file would be able to put behind them the divisiveness of the current situation, Skandalidis said PASOK's overwhelming majority of "thinking voters" have not been divided.

    He conceded that they felt bitter over the electoral result, and by the "foolish, in my opinion, clash between the camps and the lack of political dialogue" the voters wanted, but still believed that a better day can come for the party and that the November 11 election can be the sprinboard for a new, victorious course.

    "That is the direction I am working in, and will continue to work towards," he said, adding that PASOK owed it to the country, the citizens and the people who believe in its principles and values, to remain united, on a different course, which will enable its re-establishment with the society whose interests it is pledged to serve.

    "There is no other road. This is the path we will follow," Skandalidis stressed.


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