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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-01

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  • [01] PM addresses PASOK Central Macedonia regional conf'
  • [02] ND leader calls for vote against memorandum

  • [01] PM addresses PASOK Central Macedonia regional conf'

    Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing the ruling PASOK party's Central Macedonia regional conference on Monday, stressed that "we all vote and decide on whether our country will complete the great effort that we began together last year, for its salvation and reshaping, or whether we shall leave the effort unfinished. If we shall let the toils and the sacrifices we made to be lost, returning to the past, to all that have led us here."

    The prime minister stressed that this is the dilemma of the November 7 local government elections.

    "In this difficult course for all, every day, with our actions, with our options, we will decide if this path, for the change of our country, shall be continued, or we shall leave it incomplete in the middle," the prime minister said.

    "We proceed steadfastly or we place Greece in adventures again. This option belongs first of all to the citizen himself, to the Greek people, who with their actions and options every day, with their stance, either ratify it, or stop it," he added.

    Papandreou said that for this reason he repeats what he has said many times that "the vote of all of us in the elections on November 7, is a vote of increased and great responsibility. Responsibility towards the country and its future."

    The prime minister called on citizens to go to vote and not to opt for abstention and in the event that some attempt to keep the country trapped in the past, he said that then Parliamentary elections must take place for the people to speak.

    "In our country's course for salvation and change, the more we vote, the more we give the message that this course must be continued unobstructed, the stronger the blow will be for all those who are struggling to keep Greece trapped in its past," he stressed.

    "In such an event, meaning if some attempt to trap the country and the citizens in the past, there is no other solution, but for the citizens themselves to speak. There are no deadlocks in democracy. The salvation and reforming of our country is an affair and a decision of the citizens, of the people. Not of any enlightened political elite," Papandreou concluded.

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    [02] ND leader calls for vote against memorandum

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing a rally in the city of Tripoli, in the Peloponnese, on Monday evening, called for a "vote against the memorandum and its candidates."

    He appealed for a "vote for a change in policy. For an exit from the crisis, with growth, not with suffocation".

    Samaras criticised Prime Minister George Papandreou for his policy, while speaking of a "secret agenda" of the government, on the occasion of the statements by Government Vice-President Theodoros Pangalos on the restructuring of the debt.

    "The forces of victory and of hope for for a better and proud Peloponnese have rallied here tonight," the ND leader said at the beginning of his address.

    "I have come to bring a message of struggle and a message of victory," he further said, adding that he was touring Greece and seeing that "Greece is also turning a page. It is finding itself again and is rejecting the government extortions."

    Samaras went on to say that the loaning crisis is overcome with growth, stressing that "with the new stricter rules imposed in the Eurozone, it is in essence necessary that we annul the deficit. Because otherwise we shall be unable to lower the debt."

    The ND leader underlined that "the people are not afraid, they will not be terrified and will not be blackmailed. The people know that if they do not send a clear and resounding message in the elections, for a change in policy, then after the elections new tougher measures will come."

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