MP may vote for pres­i­dent

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Just a day after In­de­pen­dent Greeks MPs agreed to back party leader Panos Kam­menos and not vote for any pres­i­den­tial can­di­date the coali­tion puts for­ward in Fe­bru­ary, law­maker Panayi­o­tis Me­las ap­peared un­sure about his stance yes­ter­day. “If a pres­i­dent is not elected and we go to na­tional elec­tions, this would be a drag on the econ­omy,” said Me­las. “This is why you have to be care­ful what you do. It is in the peo­ple’s best in­ter­ests for the elec­tions to hap­pen as late as pos­si­ble.” The In­de­pen­dent Greeks deputy added that he would def­i­nitely vote in fa­vor of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Costas Kara­man­lis as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

Soc­cer de­po­si­tions.

The head of the Hel­lenic Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (EPO), Gior­gos Sar­ris, and Olympiakos chair­man Van­ge­lis Mari­nakis both gave de­po­si­tions yes­ter­day as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an at­tack on a soc­cer ref­eree last week. Sar­ris and Mari­nakis were called by sports pros­e­cu­tor Con­stanti­nos Sim­it­zoglou after re­ports that the Olympiakos chief al­leged AEK chair­man Dim­itris Melis­sani­dis at­tempted to in­flu­ence the vic­tim, Christo­foros Zo­grafos, be­fore the at­tack. Zo­grafos is also the vice pres­i­dent of EPO’s cen­tral ref­er­ee­ing com­mit­tee. Mari­nakis and Sar­ris did not com­ment after giv­ing their de­po­si­tions. Sim­it­zoglou has post­poned call­ing Melis­sani­dis so he can study the in­for­ma­tion he has gath­ered so far.

Kid­nap­pers in cus­tody.

Two men sus­pected of kid­nap­ping a 27-year-old med­i­cal stu­dent from near her home in the Athens neigh­bor­hood of Kypseli ear­lier this month were re­manded in cus­tody yes­ter­day. The two sus­pects, aged 48 and 53, are al­leged to have held the woman at a home in Artemida, northeastern At­tica, un­til they were paid an 82,500-euro ran­som. Po­lice are still search­ing for a third man, an Al­ba­nian na­tional, who al­legedly took part in the kid­nap­ping.

Strike ac­tion.

The Pan­hel­lenic Sea­men’s Union (PNO) said yes­ter­day that it would join a gen­eral strike next Thurs­day, Novem­ber 27, mean­ing that fer­ries will re­main moored across the coun­try on that day. Mean­while the Athens Jour­nal­ists’ Union (ESIEA) called on its mem­bers to hold a three-hour walk­out next Thurs­day and hold its own 24-hour walk­out on Wed­nes­day, mean­ing that no news­pa­pers will cir­cu­late on the day of the gen­eral strike.

Mar­bles cam­paign.

An in­ter­ac­tive cam­paign launched at Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day asks trav­el­ers to say whether they be­lieve the Parthenon Mar­bles, cur­rently on dis­play at the Bri­tish Mu­seum in London, should be re­turned to Greece. The air­port has set up four in­ter­ac­tive screens – three in the de­par­tures area and one at ar­rivals – which pose the ques­tion: “Are you in fa­vor of the Mar­bles be­ing re­turned to the Parthenon: yes or no?”

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