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Venizelos insists on least one TV debate

The leader of socialist PASOK, Evangelos Venizelos, on Friday sent letters to the heads of all five political parties elected to Parliament in the last general elections, in October 2009, calling on them to participate in at least one televised debate ahead of snap polls on May 6.

The appeal came a day after representatives of the main parties failed to agree on a format for such a discussion.

PASOK had also challenged conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras to a two-way debate with Venizelos but the conservatives rejected the idea on Monday, arguing it would simply lead to ?monologues? by the two politicians

Venizelos, a skilled orator, reportedly insisted in his letter on at least one debate being held, noting that the conditions could be set by the journalists who will coordinate the session.

PASOK press spokeswoman Fofi Gennimata accused Samaras of ?constantly opting for monologues? and of denying the public the ?right to listen, to compare and to judge? contrasting political proposals ahead of next week?s polls.