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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-07-13

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

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  • [01] Ports prepared for summer peak in ferry traffic, PM told
  • [02] ND lead over PASOK widens, VPRC poll shows

  • [01] Ports prepared for summer peak in ferry traffic, PM told

    The merchant marine ministry has taken all necessary measures to better serve the passengers travelling to and from the Greek islands, stated Merchant Marine minister Manolis Kefalogiannis after meeting with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Thursday.

    During the past few months, particularly after the Easter Holidays, a total of 2 million people have used coastal shipping for their transportation adding that an additional 6 million will use sea transportation in the following months.

    The situation has improved, stated Kefalogiannis, and a visit to the Port of Piraeus can attest the fact.

    He said that in the past two months passenger ferries have served a total of 7,000 routes from Attica ports while there is provision for ferries with mechanical problems to be immediately replaced to avoid passenger discomfort.

    [02] ND lead over PASOK widens, VPRC poll shows

    The distance, in terms of voter support, between the two major political parties in Greece, ruling New Democracy and main opposition party PASOK, appears to have increased, based on an opinion poll conducted by polling company VPRC on behalf of Athens private radio station ?SKAI 100.3?, the results of which were released on Thursday.

    According to the poll, if general elections were to be held today, New Democracy would be the winner with a 4-percentage-point lead over PASOK (ND 42 percent, PASOK 38 percent).

    Also, according to the poll, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) has the support of 8.5 percent of the respondents, Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) 4.5 percent, and out-of-Parliament Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) 4.5 percent.

    New Democracy president and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is regarded as best-suited for the premierÔs office by 45 percent of the questionnaire respondents, compared to 22 percent who prefer PASOK leader George Papandreou.

    The responsibility for the bad state of the economy belongs to ND according to 16 percent of the respondents, while 37 percent believe that responsibility lies with PASOK.

    Finally, 40 percent believe that the responsibility for the economy belongs to both major political parties in Greece and express disappointment.


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