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Karamanlis: "It is not the time to vote as a protest"

30 September 2009 / 08:09:56  GRReporter
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The pre-election campaign in Greece continued with both parties, New Democracy and PASOK, organizing huge rallies in Livadia and Thessaloniki. The political opposition is becoming fiercer, before the elections on October 4 and even though it is forbidden to announce opinion polls two weeks before the elections, the bets online are showing a PASOK victory. Online betting give 1.2% returns for the socialists and 10.00 for New Democracy. For all the other parties the return in 251%.

Salaries increase over the inflation growth, just tax policy, freezing business establishment debts for one year, stimuli for creating new firms, protecting labor rights, economic and institutional help for small and average firms – this was all promised in Thessaloniki by PASOK leader Georgios Papandreou. “We will give the economy a chance to breath, we will protect consumers and we will stop the expensive market,” promised he. “We don’t want just to govern better than New Democracy – this would be a very small ambition. We want to lead Greece in such a way so it can give its best,” also said Georgios Papandreou.

PM Kostas Karamanlis characterized those promises as empty words on his New Democracy rally in Livadia. “They don’t have any proposals – they are not ready with anything. PASOK’s program is a hole and a hole means the country will be challenged,” were his words. He defined the fact that Georgios Papandreou does not give interviews to journalists before the elections, as “unseen practice,” as well as the fact that the PASOK leader will not agree to a second TV debate. “He doesn’t want because there are many questions and he cannot answer them – from where is he going to take €10 billion, in order to carry out his irresponsible promises?”, asked from the stage Kostas Karamanlis.

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