Government spokesman rejects talk of election postponement

The date for Greece?s parliamentary elections will be announced next week, government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis repeated on Wednesday in a bid to stop speculation that there would be a delay in the country going to the polls.

Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga was among those who claimed that the elections would be put off until September. A number of other rumors concering the elections had surfaced in recent days.

?The scenarios and rumors concerning the postponement of elections are wrong,? Kapsis told journalists. ?The date for the elections will be announced by the end of next week.?

The government spokesman’s comment suggests that elections are likely to be held on May 6.

Kapsis confirmed that no last-minute legislative amendments that essentially act as political favors would be allowed to pass through Parliament without the approval of the prime minister?s office.

Earlier, State Minister Giorgos Stavropoulos revealed that 96 such amendments had been submitted by MPs to Parliament by Wednesday morning.

Kapsis added that Prime Minister Lucas Papademos would be making an official visit to Cyprus.