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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-05-07

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  • [01] Opposition boss lauds internal party democracy
  • [02] South Africa calls off shipwreck search

  • [01] Opposition boss lauds internal party democracy

    The leader of the main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) on Sunday praised its internal democracy in allowing communities around the country to pick candidates for local elections later this year that the party will back.

    "These election procedures are a celebration of democracy," Papandreou told supporters in Megara.

    "This is the first time a political party has opened its doors as we promised, and I want to stress that what we say is what we do, unlike the government, which says one thing and does another," he said.

    The process, which gave power to local communities and local government, would become a permanent institution for use in major issues in each area.

    "Taking part in this procedure are citizens who are supporters of other parties, beyond the members and friends of PASOK," Papandreou added.

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    [02] South Africa calls off shipwreck search

    South African maritime rescuers have suspended a search for 26 crew members missing since their Greek-owned bulk carrier sank off the eastern coast last week, authorities said on Sunday.

    Crew abandoned the Alexandros T on Wednesday after it took in water and sank in open waters off Port Alfred. The vessel was crewed by four Greeks, four Romanians, one Ukraini and 24 Filipinos.

    Rescuers, who called off the seach on Saturday until new evidence emerges, had initially reported finding empty life jackets.

    Seven members of the 33-member crew have been rescued. No survivors or bodies have been found since Thursday, when a seaman wearing a life-jacket was spotted by an air force aircraft. The captain is missing.

    Hopes of finding the crew alive were high initially as all appeared to have life jackets and sea temperatures were 16C-18C; but weather conditions later took a turn for the worse.

    Built in 1989, the 171,875-dwt Alexandros T was carrying 155,000 tonnes of iron ore from Brazil to China.

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