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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-06-17

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  • [01] Samaras: People voted to remain in euro
  • [02] Spokesman: Talk of SYRIZA cooperation with ND, PASOK 'politically ridiculous'
  • [03] Tsipras concedes, phones Samaras
  • [04] Wildfires raging throughout Greece

  • [01] Samaras: People voted to remain in euro

    AMNA / New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras proposed a 'national salvation' government during his statements in Zappion Hall on Sunday night, after a first estimate of the final election results made it clear that his party had come first in Greece's repeat elections.

    "There will be no further adventures," Samaras stressed, adding "we will honour the country's commitments".

    "The Greek people voted for the European course and for us to remain in the euro. They voted for the policies that will bring jobs, growth and justice for the Greek citizen," Samaras stressed, inviting all forces that agree with these goals to participate in a government of 'national salvation'.

    "Greece must be governed and will be governed," he underlined, noting that Greece's position in Europe would not be cast into doubt. "It is an important moment for Greece and for Europe," he added.

    Samaras emphasised that the government must bring about growth, while noting that it will respect and honour the country's commitments and signatures, and ensure that the state had "continuity and consistency".amna

    "The citizens honored us with their vote. I want to thank the Greek people. We told the people the truth and they listened. I promise I will fully honour the faith the Greeks have placed in us, that we will work with our European partners in order to complement our economic policy with growth and tackle unemployment. Our aim is to emerge from the crisis with social cohesion, with jobs, with justice and security. We will keep to what we said, Greece must be governed and will be governed. ND was and is a force for responsibility," he said.

    [02] Spokesman: Talk of SYRIZA cooperation with ND, PASOK 'politically ridiculous'

    AMNA / SYRIZA party spokesman Panos Skourletis dismissed all talk that leftist SYRIZA might participate in a coalition government with New Democracy and PASOK as "politically ridiculous", in comments on suggestions being made on various television panels as election results unfolded on Sunday night.

    Skourletis stressed that the results until now "showed a picture of positive reversals" that established a new political map with the axis of political life having shifted toward the left. Independent of the government that would be formed, this fact would be taken seriously into account because politics could no longer be the same in terms of the stance toward the EU, he added.

    In reply to questions, Skourletis said that if the country was to have a strong negotiating voice then everyone must want a strong opposition, which would benefit the country and democracy, and he categorically ruled out SYRIZA's participation in a cooperation government with ND and PASOK. amna

    [03] Tsipras concedes, phones Samaras

    AMNA / Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras on Sunday evening congratulated New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras for ND's first-place showing in the same-day repeat general elections, during a telephone conversation.

    Tsipras made the call just more than two hours after the election precincts had closed.

    The SYRIZA leader also reportedly told Samaras that a new Greek government should be formed soon

    [04] Wildfires raging throughout Greece

    AMNA / A second wildfire broke out in a forest are in Corinth prefecture on Sunday afternoon in the area of Rito Drassa.

    A team of 30 firefighters with 14 fire engines were battling the blaze, assisted by 16 firefighters on foot, four firefighting planes and a water-dropping helicopter.

    A total of 63 wildfires broke out throughout Greece between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday morning.

    The biggest problem on Sunday afternoon, according to the Fire Brigade, was in Stefani, Corinth prefecture, where the fire that broke out earlier in the day was fanned into major proportions by strong winds, and was being tackled by 30 firefighters with 13 fire engines, two firefighting planes and a helicopter.

    Another major fire, which broke out Saturday in Keratea, extreme SE Attica prefecture, was abating on Sunday afternoon but high winds were constantly causing rekindlings. Battling the blaze in the area were 180 firemen with 60 fire engines, 18 volunteer firefighters with nine fire trucks, 30 private water tanker trucks, 25 municipal trucks and a 70-strong team on foot, assisted by three firefighting planes and a helicopter.

    As for the rest of the wildfires that broke out in Attica prefecture on Saturday and Sunday, the blaze in Kato Souli (Marathon) was abating, while the fires Aghia Marina, Koropi and Drafi (Pallini) were partially

    Of the major fires in the rest of Greece, in addition to Stefani (Corinth), the blazes in Megali Spilia (Monemvassia) and the island of Kythnos were abating, while the wildfire in Kefallovrysso (Patras) was partially contained.

    Two CL-415 firefighting planes from Italy and a plane from Croatia were currently headed to the Elefsis military airport in response to a call for assistance from Greece in the context of the European Civil Protection Mechanism. amna

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