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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/>

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  • [01] PM Samaras attends final stage of 'Parmenion 2014' military exercise
  • [02] SYRIZA spokesman: Government's move to ask vote of confidence a defeatist and defensive act

  • [01] PM Samaras attends final stage of 'Parmenion 2014' military exercise

    ANA/MPA---Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Thursday attended the final phase of the "Parmenion 2014" military exercise in Evros, northeastern Greece.

    He noted that "the Armed Forces are the guarantor of our country's security" and pledged that "the government will do what it has to do to respond in any way to the conditions, to the needs - even in the payroll issue - to ensure the future" of their personnel.

    Samaras congratulated the Defence Minister and the Chief of the Armed Forces, saying that "this is the Greece of pride, of power and of authority; in Thrace and throughout the country. Thrace is one of the safest corners of our Greece. I would very much like to congratulate the Armed Forces for this excellent, from every aspect, exercise. The Armed Forces are the guarantor of our country's security and ...we pridely saw the strength, dignity and the authority of the Armed Forces."

    [02] SYRIZA spokesman: Government's move to ask vote of confidence a defeatist and defensive act

    ANA/MPA---SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis in an interview with ANA-MPA on Thursday called the government's move to ask for vote of confidence "a defensive and defeatist act of a government that collapses."

    "The government lost the initiave to act a long time ago and is not in the position to spring a surprise. These are the last spasms of a government in decomposition that is collapsing. Essentially it is an act of defeat and defence. It is pointless for Mr. Samaras to ask from a substantially politically non-legal parliament to renew his mandate," Skourletis stressed.

    Regarding the fact that the government has the support of 154 deputies and expects to receive vote of confidence from some independent deputies as well, Skourletis noted: "I believe that if this number occurs, we will have a false picture and the impressions will not last for more than the time the president of parliament will take to announce the voting result. Do you know what's the biggest problem of this government? It is that it governs against the society's flow. It lives in a constant nightmare and this nightmare very shortly will be judged by the people. This condition cannot continue for long."

    Commenting on New Democracy (ND) MPs and Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris' statements that call for an ecumenicl government (with the participation of all parliamentary parties), Skourletis underlined that "what we need is new and representative correlations in the parliament and this can only be succeeded with elections. The country's problem is a problem of policy. The policy implemented until today, the memorandum policy, has led the vast majority of the people to a wretched economic and social condition. Any other discussion is disorientating and at the specific moment it only aims at diluting the responsibilites of those that led us to this condition."


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