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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-07-08

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  • [01] SYRIZA leader : 'For sale' sign placed on Greece
  • [02] Wildfire in Varnavas

  • [01] SYRIZA leader : 'For sale' sign placed on Greece

    AMNA-- The parliamentary debate on the coalition government's policy statements, presented in the 300-member House on Friday by prime minister Antonis Samaras, began on Saturday evening with main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras harshly accusing the three-party government of putting a general 'for sale' sign on Greece.

    Tsipras accused Samaras of irresponsible campaign tactics, blatantly lying to the people in order to come into government.

    "The renegotiation (of the Memorandum) ended on the night of June 17 (general elections). Whoever believed it was deluded," Tsipras said, speaking of a co-governance of huge compromise that was leading to the most mistaken recipe.amna

    He said that acknowledgement by the prime minister himself that the convergence programme has derailed from its targets is an admission of absolute bankruptcy.

    "You put the continuation of the acceleration of domestic devaluation, in other words recession and the total destruction of the country as a prerequisite for the structural changes," he said, adding that the admission by the new finance minister that Greece can ask for nothing is the catastrophic dogma of the new government".amna

    Tsipras warned the three-party government that all who dare to sell off the public wealth will give account for their actions.

    "The Greek people have the right to not acknowledge agreements that will sell off the public property for peanuts," he warned.amna

    "We are not preparing to conduct opposition, but to assume the governance of the country when this parenthesis closes. And we will not be waiting with open arms for the ripe fruit to drop. Nor will we suffice ourselves with an opposition of crticism," Tsipras said.amna

    Accusing the government of placing a general 'for sale' sign on the country's wealth and real estate, Tsipras said that the co-governance would be no different from the preceding Papademos and Papandreou governments.

    Interpreting the policy statements, he said that contrary to the pre-electoral promise to renegotiate the Memorandum there would be instead an acceleration of the existing catastrophic model that has been applied the last years.

    [02] Wildfire in Varnavas

    AMNA--A wildfire erupted on Sunday at a farming area in Varnavas village, north of Athens.

    According to Fire Brigade the blaze is burning olive and pine trees and is not threatening residential areas.

    A strong team of firefighters and nine fire engines assisted by two firefighting aircrafts and one water dropping helicopter are currently battling with the blaze.

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