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Meeting at the foreign ministry on the Greek expatriate vote draft law

The government’s will to present a new proposal leading to the approval of legislation that will allow overseas Greeks to vote in Greek national elections was expressed by Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos accusing the main opposition party of PASOK of being responsible for the delay in passing the law in question as dictated by the Constitution.

After a meeting, held at the foreign ministry yesterday between Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis and political party representatives Andreas Loverdos (PASOK), Achileas Kantartzis (KKE), Fotis Kouvelis (SYRIZA) and Adonis Georgiadis (LAOS) on the proposed draft law regulating Greek expatriate voting rights, the representatives of the opposition expressed disagreement and rejected the government proposal declaring, however, their support to the Greek expatriate voting rights.

Pavlopoulos stressed that the 2001 Constitutional revision includes a provision making imperative the approval of an executive law on the overseas Greeks’ vote thus allowing them to participate in the country’s political life.

PASOK’s Andreas Loverdos stressed that the proposed draft law had many shortcomings stressing that “we cannot approve a draft law that provides for participation without representation.”

Achileas Kantartzis (KKE) stated that the draft law in question allows for a factitious and limitless expansion of the electorate leading inevitably to the adulteration of the Greek people’s will.

Fotis Kouvelis (SYRIZA) stated that his party supports the overseas Greeks’ voting rights under the precondition that they will be represented by specific parliament deputies.

Adonis Georgiadis (LAOS) expressed regret for the disagreement between the two major political parties, stressing that hopefully the disagreement will be temporary and they will be able to keep the promises made to the Greek expatriates.

Source: ANA MPA

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