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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-09

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  • [01] Samaras: Defeat for government
  • [02] Halkidona mayor killed in car accident
  • [03] ASE opening: Decline
  • [04] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Samaras: Defeat for government

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing deputies who are elected in the Attica region on Monday, stressed that "PASOK sustained a strategic defeat," adding that "the (general election" bluff did not succeed and the Greek people sent a resounding message of change in policy."

    Samaras further said that "we can win Attica and we shall win it" and called on his deputies to intensify their efforts and to support the candidacy of Vassilis Kikilias.NA-MPA

    ND is now focusing its efforts on Attica and the Peloponnese, since the two regions have an increased political importance, while constituting wagers of the party's president. It is characteristic that Samaras was critical towards the deputies of Attica who did not help in the first round.

    In general, ND shows satisfaction over the reading of the election results. Codifying their conclusions, party officials said that "the elections constitute a clear political defeat for PASOK and Mr. Papandreou and a total return of ND following last year's heavy defeat."

    They also believe that ground exists in the second round of the elections since the extortionate dilemma of Parliamentary elections will not exist.

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    [02] Halkidona mayor killed in car accident

    ANA-MPA/The mayor of the Athens district of Nea Halkidona and leading candidate for the Nea Philadelphia-Halkidona municipality in Sunday's run-off local government elections, Giorgos Apostolakis, was killed late Monday in a car crash in the Athens district of Perissos.

    According to police, the 46-year-old mayor might have suffered a heart attack while driving, resulting in a crash with two other cars.

    Apostolakis died on the spot. Police are conducting an investigation.

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    [03] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.47 percent, standing at 1,519.72 points at 11:00 a.m, and turnover at 7.532 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving downwards, with the biggest gains in Health, up 2.65 percent; and Insurance, up 1.49 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Financial Services, down 1.93 percent; and Oil and Gas, down 0.97 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.71 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.99 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.35 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 19 were up, 45 were down, and 14 were unchanged.

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    [04] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Eurogroup president Jean Claude Juncker's call for additional austerity measures, and deliberations ahead of the second round of the local administration elections, dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Main opposition New Democracy (ND) fully satisfied with the elections' result".

    AVGHI: "Final countdown for Memorandum and government".

    AVRIANI: "Abstention the winner".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Knives unsheathed in government after the disaster in elections".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "New austerity measures 'bomb'."

    ESTIA: "Clear message for cohesion".

    ETHNOS: "Green (PASOK party colour) alert for the second round of elections".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "PASOK plays its last card in Attica, Piraeus prefectures and Athens municipality".

    IMERISSIA: "Everything for economy - Alert after the elections message".

    KATHIMERINI: "Difficult decisions in a heavy climate".

    LOGOS: "Message sent, but Juncker demands new measures".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "The political stability a breather for the market".

    NIKI: "End of electoral fever".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "New course of rallying".

    TA NEA: "Juncker votes for additional measures".

    TO VIMA: "Brussels sets out a...measures dilemma".

    VRADYNI: "War of blame in ruling PASOK".

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