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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-04-21

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  • [01] ND blames gov't for eyeing IMF
  • [02] Event commemorating Alekos Panagoulis held at Athens City Hall
  • [03] FinMin talks with IMF team
  • [04] Stocks end 1.30% down

  • [01] ND blames gov't for eyeing IMF

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy again criticised Prime Minister George Papandreou and his government on Wednesday, saying they are responsible for driving the country into the arms of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). (ANA-MPA)

    It was Papandreou that had put the IMF "gun" on the table, ND spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos stressed.

    "The experience of all the countries that went to the IMF shows that there were significant repercussions," Panagiotopoulos said. (ANA-MPA)

    [02] Event commemorating Alekos Panagoulis held at Athens City Hall

    A special event in honor of Alexandros (Alekos) Panagoulis, who played an active and pre-eminent role in the resistance against a seven-year military junta that ruled Greece between 1967 and 1974, was held on Wednesday at the Athens' City Hall, an event attended by representatives of all political parties.

    Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis addressed the event, which was coordinated by journalist Thanassis Antonopoulos, and was held on the occasion of the republication of Panagoulis' poems, the fourth edition since 1976.

    Party representatives that spoke during the event included PASOK MP Yiannis Dimaras, a journalist who extensively covered Panagoulis' activities, main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, KKE deputy Liana Kanelli and Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Parliamentary group head Alexis Tsipras.

    The event coincided with the 43rd anniversary of a military coup in Greece, which led to a dour seven-year junta.

    [03] FinMin talks with IMF team

    (ANA-MPA) -- Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou and a visiting delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held a first meeting in Athens on Wednesday, initiating the start of talks over the possibility of a joint agreement between Greece and the IMF towards implementing a eurozone support mechanism -- a projected buffer against currently high borrowing spreads for the Greek state. (ANA-MPA)

    The IMF team then went on to visit other Greek ministries -- including the economy & competitiveness ministry, the interior ministry and the labour & social insurances ministry) in order (ANA-MPA) to have a more complete picture of the situation.

    [04] Stocks end 1.30% down

    Stocks ended lower in the Athens Stock Exchange, hit by a jump in the Greek bond yield spread to new record highs on Wednesday. The composite index of the market ended at 1,936.43 points, off 1.30 pct, with turnover a low 148.06 million euros.

    The FTSE 20 index fell 1.85 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 2.04 pct lower and the FTSE 80 index dropped 1.59 pct. The Health (4.84 pct) and Chemicals (3.80 pct) sectors suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day, while Food (3.40 pct) and Utilities (0.34 pct) scored gains.

    Compucon (12.5 pct), Cardico (11.11 pct), Varagis (8.96 pct) and Karamolegos (7.25 pct) were top gainers, while Ilis (18.52 pct), Mailis (15.63 pct) and Aeoliki (10.91 pct) were top losers.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 122 to 51 with another 43 issues unchanged.

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