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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-04-08

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  • [01] PM meetings with ministers
  • [02] Samaras adamant: Elections on May 6

  • [01] PM meetings with ministers

    AMNA-- Prime minister Lucas Papademos was due to hold separate meetings with Cabinet members on Sunday evening, following his return from a 2-day state visit to Cyprus. Papademos was due to meet first with finance minister Filippos Sahinidis and ministry secretary general Elias Plaskovitis to discuss the recapitalisation of the Greek banks.

    Afterwards, he was due to meet with development and shipping minister Anna Diamantopoulou and transports minister Makis Voridis on the 48-hour seamen's strike scheduled for the middle of the coming week.

    Earlier, Diamantopoulou was holding talks with the Pan-Hellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO) in a last-ditch effort to avert the strike, planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, in the middle of the Holy Week leading to Orthodox Easter.

    [02] Samaras adamant: Elections on May 6

    AMNA -- New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras was adamant that the general elections will be held on May 6, addressing a party rally on Saturday evening in the indoor stadium in the Athens suburb of Egaleo, adding "the elections will take place, whether they want it or not, we do not fear the people, it is others who are hiding".

    "Greece will succeed, we can do differently," he said, adding: "We did away with (former prime minister) George Papandreou, now we will do away with PASOK." Samaras further ruled out a co-governance between ND and PASOK, explaining: "The co-governance is wanted by three types of interests. First, PASOK itself. Second, all those interests and guilds that do not want anything to change in Greece. Third, all those inside and outside Greece that want tomorrow's government to be weak and controllable."

    ND, he continued, has a clear-cut goal for the elections: "We are asking for a clear mandate from the Greek people in order to change everything."

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