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Key points of new electoral law

The new electoral law will have five main points, according to sources. The government’s proposal will be presented on Thursday within the framework for dialogue with the opposition parties. – Self-sufficiency for the party with 40-45 percent of the vote; the government’s intention is the formation of a single-party government to be feasible with about 41 percent of the vote. – An increase in the proportional representation of the small parties from 70 percent (in the existing law) to about 85 percent. – The breaking up of the larger electoral constituencies: Athens first and second, the Thessaloniki first constituency and Greater Attica, perhaps also of some of the other larger regions in the provinces. – The establishment of a mixed system for the electoral list with preferences, by creating major and minor constituencies. Under the new system, 60 to100 deputies would be elected by the parties and would not be required to seek voter preferences. – The maintenance of the current minimum three percent for smaller parties to enter Parliament.