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Local Elections Run-off

Following the second round of local elections yesterday, the ruling PASOK party won the majority of regional governorships (8 to 5).
In municipal elections and -despite a high abstention rate- there was a change of leadership in the three major cities.
In Athens, Giorgos Kaminis, the former Ombudsman, won the mayorship, with the support of Pasok, after defeating the incumbent New Democracy (ND) mayor, Nikitas Kaklamanis.
In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, the independent Yiannis Boutaris, supported by Pasok, defeated ND-backed candidate Costas Gioulekas, while in Pireus, Vassilis Michaloliakos, supported by ND defeated Pasok candidate Yiannis Michas.
Commenting on the results, Prime Minister George Papandreou said that the citizens “rejected the sirens of destabilisation and gave the government a clear three years of work to enable it to continue the effort for the country’s salvation and recovery.”
The premier also called on all political parties to “assume responsibility” and work together with the aim of saving the country. Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras said that “the second round confirmed the political conclusions of the first Sunday” and gave the opportunity to his party to emerge “renewed, strong and responsible.”
For more information: Ministry of Interior, Decentralization and E-Government: Regional & Municipal Elections 2010 Results (in Greek); Kathimerini Daily: Pasok gets regional upper hand; YouTube: PM’s nationwide televised press statement (in Greek)


Immigrants vote in 2010 Municipal Elections

The much awaited immigrants’ participation in municipal elections is a fact, following a new legislative amendment passed by the government.
According to an interior ministry circular, all eligible immigrants can register untilAugust 31 2010– the previous deadline was June 30 – at their local municipality’s election office should they want to vote in the upcoming ballot on November 14. Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis stressed that “the participation of legally residing, long-term residents is a historic event.” 
About the procedure and the eligibility criteria: Ministry of the Interior (in Greek)

Έλληνες στο Εξωτερικό: Πώς θα ψηφίσετε στις Ευρωεκλογές

Ελληνικό Υπουργείο Εσωτερικών: Οι Έλληνες εκλογείς που διαμένουν μόνιμα ή θα βρίσκονται την ημέρα των ευρωεκλογών του Ιουνίου 2009 σε άλλα κράτη-μέλη της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, έχουν τη δυνατότητα να ασκήσουν το εκλογικό τους δικαίωμα στο έδαφος των χωρών αυτών. Για οδηγίες επισκεφτείτε τη σχετική σελίδα του Ελληνικού Υπουργείου Εσωτερικών, όπου δίνονται ακριβείς πληροφορίες σχετικά με τη διαδικασία που πρέπει να ακολουθηθεί. Επισημαίνεται η ύπαρξη προθεσμίας.
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