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Monday, November 8, 2010

Attention turns to second round of local gov't elections next Sunday

   ANA-MPA/With attention now focused on next Sunday's second-round local administration elections, the political parties have begun a flurry of deliberations, after failure to elect regional authority leaders in 12 of the country's 13 regions and mayors in 221 of Greece's 325 municipalities.
   As at 8:00 a.m. Monday, the only Region that had elected a regional authority leader in the first round of elections yesterday (Sunday) is that of the Southern Aegean, with the ruling PASOK-backed candidate Ioannis Mahairidis amassing 50.72 percent against main opposition New Democracy (ND) backed candidate Haralambos Kokkinos with 31.15 percent.

   According to early results on Monday morning, PASOK appeared to remain the top political power, while ND has limited its percentage difference with PASOK and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) has improved its showing.ANA-MPA
   In the remaining 12 Regions, PASOK-backed candidates or candidates backed by a collaboration between PASOK and other parties were leading in six Regions, including Attica (wider Athens area), where Yiannis Sgouros will face if off in the second round with ND-backed Vassilis Kikilias. Candidates backed by ND and/or other parties were leading in the other six Regions.
   The big winner of the election, however, was abstention, which stood above 40 percent average.
   Winners also did not emerge in many of the country's major cities and the result will be decided in next Sunday's repeat election, with ND-backed incumbent mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis leading in Athens with 35.03 percent against PASOK-backed George Kaminis with 28.54 percent; PASOK-backed Yiannis Michas leading with 30.46 percent over ND-backed Vassilis Michaloliakos with 23.02 percent in Piraeus, and ND-backed Costas Gioulekas with 38.67 percent leading over PASOK-backed Ioannis Boutaris with 32.95 percent in Thessaloniki.

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