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New election campaign started officially

20 May 2012 / 18:05:22  GRReporter
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The newly established party "Social Contract for Greece in Europe" will not participate independently in the elections on the 17th of June, as agreed at the first national meeting of the members of the Movement. An analysis was made during the meeting of the election results from the 6th of May and the party's views on the development of political events was also discussed.

As stated in a message of the party, "Social Contract" made a proposal for cooperation to all democratic, progressive, patriotic and leftist parties, with which they have common programming views.

Within this framework, the party began a dialogue with the political forces, addressing SYRIZA, the Democratic Left party, the environmentalists and other groups of citizens, aiming at electoral cooperation with them.

Now officially: The elections will be held on the 17th of June

On Saturday at noon a Presidential Decree was published, dissolving the Parliament formed after the elections on the 6th of May. The decree was signed by the President of Greece Carlos Papoulias and the Functionary Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikramenos. With the same decree the next elections are scheduled for the 17th of June and the parliament, which will be formed after them will be convened on the 28th of June.

Preparations for the elections and cost reduction due to the difficult economic situation of the country were placed on the agenda during the meeting at the Ministry of the Interior, chaired by the Prime Minister Pikramenos and with the participation of the Minister of the Interior Antonis Manitakis, the Minister of Justice Christos Geraris, the government spokesman, and other senior officials. Immediately after the meeting Pikramenos announced that all issues related to the smooth conduct of the elections were discussed, indicating that the Ministry of the Interior is ready. The Functionary Prime Minister also stressed that "We'll try to do everything in our power to shrink the costs for elections, in cooperation with all parties."

Asked to comment on the statements of the leaders of the other parties on the remaining of ​​Greece in the eurozone, the Prime Minister Pikramenos refused to answer: "I think that no statement on my part would be helpful."

In turn, Antonis Manitakis announced that on Tuesday the first meeting of the cross-party committee for the elections will be held, adding that new elections will be held on the basis of the same electoral lists as those from the 6th of May.


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