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

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  • [01] Government's call for confidence vote puts an end to election rhetoric, gov't spokeswoman says
  • [02] Air traffic controllers' strike illegal

  • [01] Government's call for confidence vote puts an end to election rhetoric, gov't spokeswoman says

    ANA/MPA---What the government did was to put an end to the elections rhetoric, government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi told ANA-MPA in an interview.

    "An answer to SYRIZA and (opposition leader Alexis) Tsipras' bottomless irresponsibility ought to be given...The government put an end to the elections rhetoric by determining when the procedure for the President's elections would start, based on the Constitution," she noted.

    Voultepsi believes "there are no concerns for lost" votes by government deputies in the voting process.

    "Deputies who support the government will do their duty. Obviously, we welcome the votes of those who realize that the country is in a critical stage, which is based on negotiation, evaluation, the debt arrangement, the submission of the budget bill, the introduction of tax reliefs, bringing investments to the country, terminating recession, creating jobs; we should unite for a common cause."

    She noted that the government does not associate the confidence vote with the Greek President's election. "The President's election requires concession and it is not necessary for parties which agree or largely share the same ideological background or cooperate in a government to vote for a President. It is the deputies who vote for the President based on their conscience."

    She added that the debt negotiations, typically and effectively, will start upon "the conclusion of the last review. We are making our moves timely. We have made the proper contacts and discussions. We have raised the issues to the proper persons. Everything is on the table; they all know what Greece, which has put in a great effort, is asking for. We will not waste the sacrifices of the Greek people for the aspirations of each party formation."

    The full interview is available for subscribers at the ANA-MPA website.

    [02] Air traffic controllers' strike illegal

    ANA/MPA---The Court on Thursday ruled illegal the air traffic controllers' 48h strike on October 4-5. The air traffic controllers protest against the ministerial decree that gives access to the Public Debt Management Agency to the air navigation charges accounts in order "to cover direct cash requirements".

    All flights will be carried out as normal.

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