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22 March, 2000
Main opposition New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis on Tuesday accused the government of trying to mislead the Greeks and of lacking any plan or political proposal.
Speaking at an indoor rally in the town of Livadia, eastern Greece, Karamanlis said: "The government of the establishment, of the nomenclature and of conservatism has played and has lost. It found itself in a deadlock and tried to mislead the Greeks and attempted to deceive public opinion and it is now faced with society's mature judgement. It has been proved that it lacks any plan or a political proposal and the only thing it says is that it will negotiate its policy with Brussels. They are concealing their intentions and are refuting each other."
Karamanlis said that the National Economy Minister says that the insurance system will be reformed but does not commit himself on the changes and the Labor Minister is trying to hide and refute him, while the Transport Minister says that they will sell the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) and cadres of the ruling PASOK party reveal that they know nothing.
He accused the government of providing billions from taxpayers' money and EU resources for party advertising and "black propaganda" which, as he said, raises the question "where do they find it? Who is giving it to them and why? What is binding them?"
Karamanlis said that at the April 9 general election the people will say no to the increase in unemployment, the increase in poverty, the upsurge in crime, the abandonment of the agricultural world and of small and medium-size enterprises and to the marginalization of the new generation.
Source: Athens News Agency