Monday December 22, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
13o C
8o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Venizelos elected new PASOK chief, set to quit as FinMin [update]

Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos was expected to meet with Greece's premier on Monday to tender his resignation from the post following his election as PASOK chief on Sunday.

More than 230,000 Socialist party supporters flocked to polling stations -- set up in city halls, cafes, even gas stations -- across the country on Sunday to cast a vote for Venizelos, 55, who ran unopposed in the leadership race after other contenders failed to qualify for the race.

With 50.78 percent of the polling stations counted, Venizelos gathered 97.29 percent of the vote or 115,348 votes, party officials said. A 1,434 blank and 697 spoilt ballots were counted.

Final results were expected later on Monday.

In a meeting with President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias earlier in the day, Venizelos heralded the result as evidence of PASOK's political come-back.

“The party proved that its soul is alive,” he said.

After the meeting with Papoulias, Venizelos told journalists: «We have elections ahead and I had this morning the opportunity in a farewell meeting at the finance ministry to give my last instructions.»

He is expected to tender his resignation as finance minister to Prime Minister Lucas Papademos later in the day. Papademos, leader of Greece's crisis coalition government, is widely expected to take over. George Papandreou is set to formally hand over the leadership of the Socialist party at 3 p.m. Venizelos mounted an unsuccessful challenge to Papandreou for the party leadership in 2007.

Sunday's turnout was double what party officials had said would be satisfactory and included the votes of several deputies ousted from PASOK for voting against Greece’s latest loan deal with foreign creditors. Milena Apostolaki and Vasso Papandreou were among the returning dissenters while the former deputy foreign minister, Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou, who resigned last month in protest at the tough terms included in the bailout, also cast her vote for Venizelos.

In a televised speech delivered shortly after ballots closed Sunday evening, Venizelos described the election as “a successful exercise in political readiness,” and pledged to spearhead “a collective effort” to lead his party to “rebirth” and help Greece emerge from a deepening debt crisis.

Acknowledging the “discontent and bitterness” of austerity-weary Greeks, Venizelos sought to offer a glimmer of hope for the future.“Already our country is at that crucial stage between the crisis and the now-palpable prospects for emerging from it,” he said.

However, Venizelos's victory was marred by allegations of vote-rigging across the country. Stefanos Tzoumakas, a former PASOK lawmaker who failed to attract adequate backing to run for the party's top post, late Sunday made a statement condemning what he said was an “unprecedented and extensive election fraud across the country.”

A large number of polling stations, Tzoumakas alleged, did not provide blank ballots or envelopes criticizing organizers for “a clear violation of confidentiality rules.”

Under Venizelos, PASOK will have a lot of ground to claw back. The most recent survey put the Socialists in fifth place with the support of 11 percent of respondents, far behind New Democracy conservatives who gathered 25 percent. A general election is expected in late April or early May.

ekathimerini.com , Monday March 19, 2012 (13:52)  
Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end-2015
Environment Ministry to reconsider controversial bill
Corfu to host country’s first hydroplane strip
Political upheaval sharpens after bribe claims with threats and insinuations
Political saga is harming liquidity
Greece is likely to hold snap elections in early February, extending the period of political uncertainty for another month-and-a-half, if not more. This will have economic consequences, perh...
Bad timing for tenders as oil rates decline
The first major opening of the domestic hydrocarbon market happens to have coincided with the unexpected and rapid decline in global oil prices. This has raised concerns in the Energy Minist...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Special day for Abidal, lucky one for PAOK
PAOK scraped through its Livadia challenge beating Levadiakos to remain on top of the Super League for Christmas, one point ahead of Olympiakos that enjoyed a great game at Kalloni and offer...
BASKETBALL
Explosive Barca unfazed by Panathinaikos, bomb scare
Panathinaikos lost 80-67 at home to Barcelona on Friday in a rather meaningless game at the end of the first group stage of the Euroleague, but the encounter will be remembered for the bomb ...
Inside Sports
INTERVIEW
‘Crisis of confidence will come back again and again,’ says Thomas Piketty
He’s treated like a rock star wherever he goes to lecture. His book “Capital in the 21st Century,” a study on income and wealth inequality from the 18th century to the present, recently tran...
COMMENTARY
Who lost Greece
If Greece collapses much will be said about where the fault lies. Sure, we all know the failings of Greek politicians. That said, much of the blame lies with outsiders who pushed Greece beyo...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Special day for Abidal, lucky one for PAOK
2. Political saga is harming liquidity
3. Bad timing for tenders as oil rates decline
4. Tax exemptions deprive state budget of over 3.5 bln euros
5. Teiresias to track letters of guarantee
6. Agenda
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek PM offers compromise solution with elections by end-2015
2. Who lost Greece
3. ‘Crisis of confidence will come back again and again,’ says Thomas Piketty
4. Snubbing the moderates
5. Agenda
6. Bad timing for tenders as oil rates decline
Today
This Week
1. Samaras summons bond vigilantes with euro exit talk
2. A friendly yet firm message from Pierre Moscovici
3. Europe's drama in Greece needs final act to avoid tragedy
4. High stakes
5. On the edge but not gutless
6. Girl, aged 11, gives birth on Crete
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.