PM lin­ing up greater pow­ers for pres­i­dent

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Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras is to pro­pose that the pres­i­dent of the repub­lic should be given much greater pow­ers as part of the con­sti­tu­tional re­form the gov­ern­ment wants to carry out.

Kathimerini un­der­stands that Tsipras is con­sid­er­ing giv­ing the Greek pres­i­dent the same author­ity he had un­der the 1975 Con­sti­tu­tion. This would mean that the pres­i­dent could block draft leg­is­la­tion, nom­i­nate a prime min­is­ter if there is a hung par­lia­ment and ini­ti­ate ref­er­en­dums for is­sues of na­tional im­por­tance.

Tsipras is also said to be con­sid­er­ing al­low­ing Greeks to elect their pres­i­dent di­rectly, rather than leav­ing the duty to Par­lia­ment. How­ever, Tsipras is not ex­pected to al­low the pres­i­dent to have the author­ity to dis­solve Par­lia­ment, as he did in 1975.

An ath­lete takes part in the Servia Open 2016 – the 30th Na­tional Hang Glid­ing Cham­pi­onships – in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Servia-Vel­ven­tos in north­ern Greece on Satur­day. Forty-five con­tes­tants took part in the event, which has been held ev­ery year since 2006.

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