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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-12

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  • [01] KKE leader addresses campaign rally in Ilioupolis
  • [02] Opinion poll in Thessaloniki constituencies
  • [03] KKE announces candidates
  • [04] Flooding in Evia

  • [01] KKE leader addresses campaign rally in Ilioupolis

    The difference will be made in the October 4 general elections of the two mainstream parties, ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK, lose votes and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) attracts the votes of voters who abstained in the previous elections, who will thus actively vote against those two parties, KKE leader Aleka Papariga said on Saturday, speaking at a campaign rally in the municipality of Ilioupolis, east of Athens.

    Papariga warned that worse days were ahead, and that a storm of anti-popular measures was anticipated, noting that, for this reason, a strong KKE as the third party can be an agent of action and resistance.

    Along general lines, she added, PASOK and ND had the same economic policy, which is to boost capital.

    As for the so-called "green economy", Papariga said that this was the choice of the European Union aimed to help the European monopolies strengthen their position: "It is the 'green light' to the European monopolies in the energy sector, a sector where European capitalism has until the present relied on other countries from which it imports oil and natural gas".

    She warned that investments in the 'green economy' are "dangerous investments", since they will also increase unemployment, among other cons.

    On the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance), she said it was at an impasse not because of the battle among the 'faces', but due to the fact that on the one hand it has "socialdemocraticised" its platform while on the other hand it wants to present itself as a party that is against the two-party system, and is a Left and revolutionary party.

    [02] Opinion poll in Thessaloniki constituencies

    Main opposition PASOK posted a lead in the two voting constituencies of Thessaloniki prefecture, according to an opinion poll by Palmos Analysis conducted on behalf of the Sunday Angelioforos newspaper.

    PASOK was leading over ruling New Democracy (ND) by 8.4 percent among respondents in the Thessaloniki A' constituency, with 29.9 percent against 21.5 percent for ND to a question on voter intent (the party the respondent would vote for if elections were held next Sunday).

    The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) was the choice of 8.4 percent of the respondents, followed by 2.6 percent for the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA parliamentary alliance), 6.4 percent for the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party, and 3.0 percent for the Ecologists-Greens, while the undecided vote was at 15.4 percent.

    In the Thessaloniki B' constituency, PASOK posted a 2.2 percent lead over ND with 31.9 percent against 29.7 percent, followed by the KKE with 5.4 percent, SYRIZA with 2.0 percent, LAOS with 4.1 percent, and the Ecologists-Greens with 1.7 percent, while the undecided vote was at 16.2 percent.

    The opinion poll, which appeared on Sunday in Angelioforos newspaper, was conducted in the Thessaloniki A' constituency from September 2 to 9 by phone on a sampling of 1,002 voters over the age of 18, and in the Thessaloniki B' constituency from September 9 to 11 on a sampling of 1,003 voters.

    [03] KKE announces candidates

    The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) on Saturday announced its ballots for the October 4 general elections, with KKE leader Aleka Papariga running in the Athens B' and Thessaloniki A' constituencies, while the State MPs ticket is headed by actor Costas Kazakos, followed by the party's press office director Makis Mailis, and Larissa Labor Center president and KKE central committee member Takis Tsiogas in the third slot.

    Athens A' constituency candidates include journalist Liana Kanelli, long-time party cadre Thanassis Pafilis and Stelios Lambrou, while the Athens B' constituency candidates include George Mavrikos, Eva Mela, Ioannis Protoulis and Spyros Halvatzis.

    The Piraeus A' constituency candidates include Diamanto Manolakou, the Piraeus B' constituency candidates include Vera Nikolaidou, with the candidates for the 'Rest of Attica' constituency feature Ioannis Giokas, and Angelos Tzekis in the Thessaloniki B' constituency.

    According to statistical figures, the KKE is putting forward a total of 424 candidates nationwide, of which 150 (35 percent) are running for parliament for the first time, and 153 are women.

    With respect to age, 12.5 percent are between 20 and 30 years of age, 17.45 percent are 30-40 years of age, 27.12 percent are between 40 and 50, 34.43 percent are between 50 and 60, and just 7.78 percent are between 60 and 70 years of age.

    Occupation-wise, 36.32 percent of the candidates are workers, 8.0 percent are employed in the wider public sector and local governments, 10.84 percent are teachers/professors, 4.7 percent are pensioners, 8.72 percent are merchants, 6.36 percent are farmers, 6.13 percent are doctors, 4.24 percent are lawyers, 3.3 percent are engineers, 1.41 percent are journalists, 0.94 percent are artists, and 7.54 percent are from a variety of scientific and professional fields with higher education (AEI) degrees.

    [04] Flooding in Evia

    A state of emergency was declared in several areas in Evia prefecture on Saturday after flash floods caused by heavy rainfall early in the day in eastern and southern Greece.

    The Civil Protection general secretariat declared a state of emergency, at the requiest of the Evia prefectural authorities, the muncipalities of Kirea, Messapia, Dirfy, Amarinthia, Halkida, Avlida, Anthidona, Lilantio, Eretria, Tamyma, Dysti, Avlona, Konistro and Kymi.

    Fire Department and Civil Protection teams have been sent in to provide assistance to the flood-stricken, assisted by a team of frogmen with 7 life boats in the Lilantio region, while a latest weather report predicted continuation of the adverse weather for a further 6 hours.

    A Super Puma all-weather helicopter airlifed a Swedish national in the Stomio district in Kymi municipality, while a 40-year-old man was swept away by a torrent and drowned in the same area.

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