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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-05-02

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  • [01] PASOK leader again criticises gov't

  • [01] PASOK leader again criticises gov't

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou on Wednesday morning chaired a session of his party's Parliamentary council, following his address at a 2nd international symposium organised by the Athens Academy on the theme "Science - Technology - Human Values".

    On Tuesday, Papandreou launched an attack on the government, speaking to reporters in Irakleio, Crete, saying that his party will "strike out at every rationale of appropriation of state property".

    "A blow will be struck against depravity, hypocrisy and cover-up, he said, adding that "we are at the side of the working people, the Greek citizens and the Greek family, in the struggle they are waging for a just society, and together we will put an end to a blatantly unjust policy, that of New Democracy, which has shrunken the family income, and has arbitrarily backed the few and the 'friends' against the many".

    Papandreou further accused the government of "undermining the social state, public education, health, social insurance and welfare".

    "We shall put an end to a policy that perceives that the state belongs to them, that it is the spoils to be divvied up in a depraved political looting of the Greek people's toil and of the social insurance funds," he said.

    Responding to the PASOK leader's statements, Minister of State and government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos said "Mr. Papandreou has nothing to say about the present, seeing that the current government is tidying up the economy, creating new positions, institutionally safeguarding transparency and shedding light on every suspicious dealing and bringing it to justice.

    "Mr. Papandreou has nothing to guarantee on the future, and is 'absent' from all the major reforms to the Constitution and in the education sector, systematically avoiding to submit even one specific proposal for the land and the citizens," Roussopoulos said.

    Caption: File photo of PASOK leader George Papandreou. ANA-MPA

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