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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-17

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  • [01] KKE leader at Rehab Center for the Blind
  • [02] Dates for TV debate set
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] KKE leader at Rehab Center for the Blind

    ANA-MPA/The dilemma in the October 4 general elections cannot be the freeze on salaries advocated by prime minister Costas Karamanlis and the 30 cents per day salary increase proposed by main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou, but rather a struggle against the central policy line and choices of those two mainstream parties is necessary, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga said on Thursday, during a visit to the Training and Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Kallithea.

    She added that the KKE should be strengthened because it has a general alternative policy proposal that effectively ensures the rights of the working people and is not inconsistent, like that of the other opposition parties.

    A fundamental issue arising on the eve of the elections is that of privatisation of the social security system "in order to meet the demands of the EU and Mr. Almunia (EU commissioner for economic and monetary affairs)", she said, adding that the KKE advocates prohibition of business enterprises being active in the sectors of health, education and social welfare.

    [02] Dates for TV debate set

    ANA-MPA/The televised debate of the leaders of the six political parties contesting the October 4 general elections will take place on Monday, September 21, it was announced on Thursday after a meeting between government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros with the representatives of the parties.

    The debate will comprise questions posed by a panel of journalists on six topics: the economy, the environment, public administration, work and social policy, education, and foreign policy.

    According to the proceedings decided, there will be two rounds of questions with three topics each, while the journalists will also be separated into three panels.

    At the end of each round of questions, the six party leaders have the ability to pose one question each to another party leader, but without the ability to comment on the response.

    A second debate, between prime minister Costas Karamanlis and main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou, has tentatively been scheduled for the following day, Tuesday, September 22, and the details will be finalised during the day.

    PASOK press officer George Papaconstantinou submitted a request that direct discussion be allowed in the debate between the two mainstream party leaders.

    [03] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.39 percent, standing at 2,560.06 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 11.7 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Chemicals, up 3.02 percent; Oil & Gas up 1.82 percent; and Raw Materials, up 1.78 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Travel & Recreation, down 1.15 percent; Health, down 1.13 percent; and Telecoms, down 0.52 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.42 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.36 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.73 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 79 were up, 35 were down, and 16 were unchanged.

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