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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-01-20

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  • [01] Opposition raps PM
  • [02] Gov't condemns murder of Turkish journalist

  • [01] Opposition raps PM

    The main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) on Saturday disputed what it called "a rosy picture" of the country's economic and social situation presented by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis at a ruling party central committee meeting.

    "The truth is that the public's income is falling while prices are rising, the government's tax reform drive has hurt the majority of people, unemployment is only dropping on paper, selling off state property is described as reform, and state education is sub-standard and under-funded," PASOK spokesman Petros Efthymiou said.

    "Mr Karamanlis is seriously confused. He seems to think that the ministers and heads of state organisations that applauded (at the meeting) him represent the Greek public and the reality of its life," Efthymiou charged.

    In a separate statement, the Communist Party of Greece said that government policy remained the same while masquerading under different names.

    The party also said that the policy was a continuation of that exercised by the government's PASOK predecessor.

    Responding to Efthymiou's criticism, government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos stated that PASOK was unable to change with the times and with the public's needs.

    [02] Gov't condemns murder of Turkish journalist

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis on Saturday deplored the murder of Hrant Dink, a Turkish journalist of Armenian descent.

    Dink had worked for the fundamental right to freedom of speech, Bakoyiannis said in a statement.

    "This cold-blooded murder runs contrary to the Turkish people's efforts to win a future in Europe," the statement said.

    "Greece unreservedly condemns any act of violence or terrorism, and hopes for a swift resolution and punishment for the perpetrators," it added.

    Dink, editor of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, was shot in broad daylight as he left his office in Istanbul on Friday.

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