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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-05-10

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  • [01] ND-affiliated ticket wins KEDKE majority

  • [01] ND-affiliated ticket wins KEDKE majority

    The Central Union of Municipalities and Communities (KEDKE) will elect a new president in the coming period after Wednesday's election results for a new board gave a New Democracy-affiliated ticket spearheaded by Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis the majority of seats.

    Kaklamanis' grouping secured 16 seats plus one occupied ex officio by the Athens mayor himself aftery garnering 266 votes in Wednesday's elections.

    A PASOK-affiliated ticket headed by outgoing KEDKE president Paris Koukoulopoulos, the current mayor of Kozani in northwest Greece, received 207 votes and won seats; the Coalition of the Left-affiliated ticket picked up 19 votes and one seat, while the Communist Party-affiliated grouping managed four votes and no seat.

    Afterwards, Kaklamanis said a new era begins for local government, while he expressed regret for a statement by Koukoulopoulos, who accused ruling ND of "voter manipulation."

    Gov't spokesman

    "The night of the last municipal elections (main opposition PASOK leader) Mr. (George) Papandreou had said that a change in the country's political landscape had taken place, results of recent elections in the prefectures' union, the union of municipalities in Attica prefecture and KEDKE confirmed Mr. Papandreou's prediction, with one substantial difference, namely, the complete reversal in the other direction, in favor of ND," the alternate government spokesman said on Thursday during his regular press briefing.

    Spokesman Evangelos Antonaros also dismissed the charges by the outgoing KEDKE president.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis.

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