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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-10-02

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM to attend "Parmenion 2014" military exercise in Evros region
  • [02] SYRIZA: Vote of confidence a 'desperate effort to hang into power'
  • [03] Negotiations with troika continue on Thursday

  • [01] PM to attend "Parmenion 2014" military exercise in Evros region

    ANA/MPA---Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Thursday will visit the region of Evros, in northern Greece, to attend the final phase of the regular military exercise "Parmenion 2014".

    The final phase will also be attended by Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, along with the top political and military officers of the ministry.

    The national, intersectoral military exercise "Parmenion 2014" is taking place between Sept. 29 and Oct. 2 all around Greece and within the FIR of Athens.A

    [02] SYRIZA: Vote of confidence a 'desperate effort to hang into power'

    ANA/MPA---Main opposition party SYRIZA said on Wednesday the vote confidence announced by the government for next week is a "desperate effort to hang into power a few more months".

    Party officials said the decision by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos was dictated by the need to find an outlet to the multiple pressures the government is facing from the troika, society, SYRIZA and people within the government.

    Earlier, government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi announced the government will seek a vote of confidence from Parliament next Monday - when plenary sessions resume for the winter.

    SYRIZA's parliamentary spokesman Panagiotis Lafazanis told ANA-MPA the government's move shows panic and wants to blackmail the parliamentary groups of PASOK and New Democracy, adding "the vote of confidence should be delivered by the people."

    Other SYRIZA officials said the move will lend more validity and reliability to the policy followed by the party as "it's plain to see the move was planned by Samaras and Venizelos and does not concern the people and this is why the lawmakers of PASOK and New Democracy will now have to face the people, and not the prime minister or the government vice-president."

    [03] Negotiations with troika continue on Thursday

    ANA/ MPA---Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis on Thursday will meet again with the heads of the troika in the framework of the negotiations for the fifth evaluation of the Greek programme. The meeting will take place at 17:30.

    An hour later, Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutsis will receive the troika representatives at his ministry. The meeting is expected to focus on mass layoffs, the labour unions' law, pensions and the social security funds' deficits.

    On Wednesday, Hardouvelis briefed Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Government Vice-President Evangelos Venizelos on the progress of the negotiations with the troika, which as he said are "going well".


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