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ND: Inspect all from ’74

Opposition New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis, responding to PM Costas Simitis’s announcement that all PASOK deputies and public functionaries will be subject to greater scrutiny, accused the prime minister of duplicity in having twice rejected ND proposals for parliamentary inquiries into the boom and bust on the Athens Stock Exchange. Karamanlis also rejected Simitis’s call for a dialogue on a more proportional election system, saying, «Such changes cannot be made at the end of the government’s mandate.» Although he did not say whether ND would meet Simitis’s challenge to subject its MPs to greater scrutiny with regard to their assets and their investments on the bourse during 1998-2000, Karamanlis called for this to apply to all MPs from 1974 onward and for the stock trading of bank governors and public officials in 1998-2000.