Greece to keep current electoral system

May 16, 2007 at 6:53 PM
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ATHENS, Greece, May 16 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Greek government confirms there are no plans to change the nation's current electoral system and its related laws.

While numerous New Democracy politicians have recently called for a change in Greek election law, alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said this week that the government will not alter the electoral system in any way, Kathimerini reported Wednesday.

Antonaros said Tuesday that comments made by politicians like Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos and Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas represented nothing new. He said such calls for change had occurred before and in such instances, the government never instigated any electoral changes.

Greece's current system is formulated so that the political party that wins national elections is ensured a parliamentary majority if it garners 41 percent of the vote or more.

The newspaper said any change in electoral law would require support of a majority of parliamentary members.

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