Speaker post­pones de­bate

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The de­bate by par­lia­men­tary speak­ers to re­con­vene the Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Coun­cil (ESR) has been post­poned by House Speaker Nikos Vout­sis un­til Thurs­day. The de­bate was sched­uled to take place yes­ter­day in a bid reach con­sen­sus, so far elu­sive, after the Coun­cil of State, the coun­try’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court, had deemed the gov­ern­ment’s TV li­cens­ing auc­tion un­con­sti­tu­tional. Vout­sis cited the gov­ern­ment reshuf­fle late Fri­day when de­fer­ring the de­bate. Sources none­the­less claimed yes­ter­day that Vout­sis post­poned the de­bate be­cause there was a lack of com­mon ground be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the main op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy, which has in­sisted that the TV law drafted by State Min­is­ter Nikos Pappas – stip­u­lat­ing that the au­thor­ity of over­see­ing a TV li­cense auc­tion be trans­ferred from the ESR to him – is abol­ished.

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