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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-09

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  • [01] Papariga: ND, PASOK are the same
  • [02] Tsipras in Drama
  • [03] ASE opening: Small rise

  • [01] Papariga: ND, PASOK are the same

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga, speaking during an event held on the premises of the "Pavlos Melas" military camp in Thessaloniki on Tuesday, said that the New Democracy and PASOK parties "do not have differences between them".

    "The two mainstream parties must lose the elections and the criterion for their positive outcome is the strengthening of KKE," she said, adding that "if these two elements are not combined then the day after the elections will be very difficult".

    Papariga also said that talk of cracking down on tax evasion "is disorientating and KKE does not wish to create false impressions among the people, because the state's coffers may be filled, but the money will be provided again for the powerful."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist Party of Greece secretary general Aleka Papariga

    [02] Tsipras in Drama

    Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) party leader Alexis Tsipras addressed a political event in Drama, northern Greece, on Tuesday, stressing his conviction that "the Left exists and shall exist because it is deeply rooted in social struggles."

    Tsipras added that "in these elections, the vote for the Left is a shield of social solidarity. It is a denial for the communication plans of two-party rule. A vote for the Left means hands off society."

    Referring to the measures announced by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis at the 74th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), Tsipras said that "he is calling for the vote of the people to continue the same, for another four years."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Synaspismos leader Alexis Tsipras

    [03] ASE opening: Small rise

    Equity prices were marginally rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.07 percent, standing at 2,513.54 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 24.5 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Mass Media, up 3.82 percent; Travel and Recreation, up 1.96 percent and Technology, up 1.14 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Banks, down 0.46 percent; Health, down 0.06 percent and Food and Beverages, down 0.03 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.02 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.51 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.11 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 48 were up, 37 were down, and 24 were unchanged.

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