Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis on Wednesday presented the country’s new administration system during a press conference, at the end of a long conference of ruling PASOK party cadres and members of the government.
He said the basic points are the creation of fewer but larger and stronger administrative regions; the upgrading of regional administrative general secretaries; transforming prefectural administration, through the co-existence of the regional and prefectural administrations; and organizing the Metropolitan system of local government for the prefectures of Attica and Thessaloniki.
He added that the breakup of the country into larger regional administrations will be carried out on the basis of the population, and not the land size, of a region.
Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy Parliamentary spokesman Prokopis Pavlopoulos characterized the new election law as an indication of panic on behalf of the government. Speaking to the radio station ERA, he pointed out that the Simitis government plays again with the institutions and this time, the victim is the election law because the government has no policy and no political seriousness.
He also accused the government of attempting to mislead public opinion away from the major problems of the country and the government failures.
Coalition of the Left Political Secretariat member Mr. Pitsiorlas stated that the new election law is a proof of the stagnation experienced by the governing party of PASOK. He stated that the governing Socialist Party of PASOK changes the election law in order to leave it the way it is and reiterated the Coalition of the Left position, which is in favor of proportional representation.
Democratic Social Movement President Dimitris Tsovolas stated in a press conference that the election law proposed by the government is unacceptable and anti-democratic.
The new election law decided by the cabinet aims at shielding the anti-popular political system, and the strengthening of the two-party politics, stressed the Greek Communist Party.