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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-11-29

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Tsipras: Government will push ahead with reforms despite objections
  • [02] Five parties would make it into parliament if elections were held today-poll
  • [03] Calm prevails at Greek-FYROM border as country continues raising a fence

  • [01] Tsipras: Government will push ahead with reforms despite objections

    The government will move ahead on the three main issues discussed at the political party leaders' meeting on Saturday – the refugee crisis, social security system reforms, Constitution review - despite any objections, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said after the end of the six-hour meeting.

    Concerning the refugee crisis, Tsipras noted the government is facing it responsibly, while the main opposition, New Democracy was against creating reception and identification centers.

    On the issue of reforming the social security system, he accused PASOK and ND of "continuing to undermine the effort with their stance".

    Commenting on the Constitution reform, Tsipras noted that "everyone except ND agreed to open the procedure in an organized manner, even ion the issue of changing the electoral law towards a more proportionate representation," he added.

    "In this crucial time, the country needs national and popular unity and political stability more than ever," he said. "New Democracy, as the main opposition, constitutes an institutional pillar of the political system and unfortunately today proved well short of the circumstances."

    [02] Five parties would make it into parliament if elections were held today-poll

    If elections were held today in Greece, the parliament would include five parties, instead of seven today, according to a poll by Kappa Research conducted for newspaper Vima and published on Sunday.

    Asked "which party would you vote for if elections were held today", 18.4 pct said SYRIZA, 14.9 pct said New Democracy, 5.6 pct said Golden Dawn, 4.5 pct said Democratic Coalition (PASOK-DIMAR), 4.4 pct said the Communist Party, 2.2 pct said Potami, 2.1 pct said ANEL, 2.3 pct said the Union of Centrists, 1.9 pct said Popular Unity, 3.5 pct said another party, 6.1 pct said they'd vote "white" or "invalid", 15.9 pct said they're undecided and another 18.2 pct said they wouldn't vote.

    On the question of who they consider "most suitable for prime minister", participants agave Alexis Tsipras 42.8 pct and Vangelis Meimarakis 28.5 pct and another 29.7 pct said "Don't know/Don't answer".

    Asked "if the government lost its majority in parliament, what should the prime minister do?" 23.5 pct of respondents said he should cooperate with centrist parties like PASOK, Potami and the Centrists Union. Another 37.8 pct said he should call for a unity government with the participation of New Democracy, 25.8 pct said he should resign and call new elections, 9.1 pct answered "Other" and 3.8 pct replied "Don't know/Don't answer".

    [03] Calm prevails at Greek-FYROM border as country continues raising a fence

    The atmosphere was calm again on Sunday in Idomeni, near the neutral zone between Greece and FYROM, following tensions between economic migrants from Asia and Africa and FYROM's police a day before.

    According to police, about 3,000 refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria crossed the border into the neighboring country since last night, while 1,000 migrants are still living in flimsy tents, unprotected from the cold and the changes in weather. Meanwhile, authorities in FYROM continue to raise a fence across its border with Greece.

    Authorities also said a Moroccan migrant who was hospitalized on Saturday afternoon after suffering burns from electrocution at the border station is out of danger.


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