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TSALIKIDIS PROBE

Prosecutor visits apartment of Vodafone software engineer The prosecutor handling a preliminary investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Vodafone software engineer Costas Tsalikidis yesterday visited the apartment in Kolonos, central Athens, where Tsalikidis was found hanging last March. Also, a group of 16 Athens lawyers appealed to the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) to temporarily revoke Vodafone’s operating license in view of allegedly serious transgressions linked to the phone-tapping affair. MAYORAL ELECTIONS Bakoyannis replacement sought The process of selecting a new mayor of Athens to replace Dora Bakoyannis, who was appointed foreign minister on Tuesday, will begin next week, municipal authorities said yesterday. Bakoyannis’s successor must be appointed within the next two weeks after up to three rounds of voting by 25 municipal councilors. The winner will serve as mayor until October. Student numbers The Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) called on the Education Ministry yesterday to channel more students into Tertiary Education Colleges (TEI) outside Athens and Thessaloniki to help fuel growth in the regions. A recent decision upping TEI entry levels will hurt student numbers, KEDKE said. Ferry strike Ferry services will be disrupted today and tomorrow due to a 48-hour strike called by the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO).