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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-11-16

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  • [01] Greek PM Karamanlis briefed on economic developments
  • [02] KKE optimistic on future

  • [01] Greek PM Karamanlis briefed on economic developments

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Wednesday met with Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis and Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas and was briefed over economic developments in the country.

    Speaking to reporters, after the meeting, Alogoskoufis said the meeting discussed next year's budget plan -due to be submitted to parliament next Monday- and stressed that the government has achieved a significant reduction of the country's fiscal deficit to 4.4 pct this year from 6.6 pct in 2004, predicting it would fall below 3.0 pct in 2006.

    Commenting on a debt securitization plan, the Greek minister said it was a secondary issue cleared by the government.

    Development minister Sioufas said he briefed the PM over developments plans for 2006 and the years after.

    [02] KKE optimistic on future

    The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) on Wednesday said it was looking forward to the future with optimism, in a message issued marking the 87th anniversary of the party's founding.

    A message issued by the KKE central committee said that "we honour the 87th anniversary of the founding of the KKE, moving with optimism and determination to the new class battles, with certanty and faith in the justness of our struggle, the superiority of the revolutionary Marxist-Leninist cosmotheory, the necessity and timeliness of socialism and the communist perspective".

    The message said that the present era was one of "passing from capitalism to socialism", adding that "the global retrogression, which came as a result of the victory of the counter-revolution (1989-1991), is temporary, given that the social opposition to capitalism is deepening and becoming more acute".

    In a specific reference to the 1989-91 period, it said that the KKE was exceptionally pround because "the KKE remained standing, confronting the crisis of the 1989-91 period, in the face of all those forces and mechanisms that did all they could to obliterate it, or to turn it into a socialdemocrat party".

    Today, the message continued, the KKE was working to materialise the decisions of the party's 17th Congress for its overall strenghening, in order fr the ideological, political and organisational counter-attack of the communitst to unfold in a uniform and dynamic way, since "this is the basic and necessary condition for the qualitative upgrading of the organisation and the labour class's battle for comprehensive awakening and unity of the poor and middle classes against the capitalistic restructurings of imperialism for their contemporary needs, and for the creation of the anti-imperialist anti-monopolist democratic front".

    In that framework, it said, the KKE was heading to the battle of the 2006 municipal and prefectural elections with the aspiration of dealing a strong blow to the ruling New Democracy (ND) and main opposition PASOK parties, so that the rally of the radical forces fighting against the capitalistic restructurings in the field of local government may proceed and be strengthened.

    The central committee called on all the members of the KKE and KNE (the KKE youth organisation), the friends of the party, and the radical militants to know and study the KKE's historic course, which it said was a large and strong weapon in the battle against the policy and ideology of the bourgeois parties and opportunism.

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