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05 February, 1999
The government said yesterday that the re-election of President Kostis Stephanopoulos would be "very useful and beneficial" for Greece.
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas made the statement when asked by reporters whether a proposal in support of another term in office for Mr. Stephanopoulos would be broadly accepted and help avert early general elections.
"The proposal announced by Prime Minister Costas Simitis in a television interview last night (Wednesday) is the positive practical consequence of the way in which the president performs his duties, as well as recognition of his value and abilities," Mr. Reppas said.
Mr. Simitis said during an interview with the private "Mega" television channel on Wednesday night that Mr. Stephanopoulos was a very able and competent president.
"He has correctly observed the dictates of the Constitution and I believe he should be president for the next four-year term," Mr. Simitis said. Mr. Stephanopoulos was elected president by parliament in March 1995.
Source: Athens News Agency