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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek cabinet  approved a draft bill which will allow Greeks abroad to vote in Greek elections from their place of residence last week. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos urged the political parties to cooperate in passing the bill into law when introducing the legislation to Greek Parliament.“We cannot deprive expatriates of their right to participate in the political life of the country. It is dictated by the Constitution but is also our obligation towards them when we know how much we owe them and how much they can renew the political life of the country through their participation and their ideas,” he underlined.However hope that the proposed bill giving Greeks living abroad the right to vote Greek elections will pass was dealt a serious blow when Opposition parties declared their opposition to the proposed legislation. This does not augur well for the fate of the proposed bill because it needs 200 of the 300 MPs to support the bill for it to become law. Andreas Loverdos, a PASOK deputy and the party’s spokesman on foreign affairs, indicated that PASOK will oppose the bill.  PASOK is unhappy that its calls were not heeded for a postal ballot and for the creation of constituencies for Greeks abroad so that they can directly elect MPs to Parliament.Syriza (The Left Coalition) has adopted a similar position.KKE has also expressed its opposition to the bill, saying that it would have a disproportionate effect on the election result. The Right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally said that it is largely in favour of the bill.The proposed legislation gives the right to vote to Greeks that are permanently resident abroad and those that are stationed abroad, either working for Greek foreign services or as employees of international organisations. These will be included in special electoral rolls to be compiled and regularly updated by Greek consulates.Those wanting to vote would have to register with the Greek embassies or consulates in their place of residence.They will be able to vote only for the party of their choice, not specific candidates. Their votes will be counted at the embassies or consulates by an electoral committee and the results announced at the same time as those in Greece.Every party would have to include three Greeks living abroad on their State List, which is made up of 12 candidates that do not stand in any specific constituency but are elected to Parliament based on the proportion of the vote received by their party. The minister clarified that the proposed bill will be transitional, since this would be the first time that the Greeks abroad would vote in elections. Once it had been tested in practice, the government would then examine the possibility of representation for specific regions abroad and ways in which the Constitutional provision for a postal vote might be implemented in practice.He also explained that the votes of expatriates participating in the elections would be added to the total of those voting throughout the country and in this way, their percentage would also be taken into account when calculating the allocation of seats in Parliament to each party.By tabling the draft bill in Parliament, the government was fulfilling the pledge it had originally made in 2004 to bring a draft law executing the Constitution and thus give Greeks abroad the chance to vote, Pavlopoulos stressed.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   8: Although the offensive line suffered a notable loss with the injury to Cooper, all and all they did a nice job in pass protection. In four games, Cardinals quarterbacks were sacked eight times. And of those eight sacks, seven occurred with backup Drew Stanton or Ryan Lindley behind center.10: Todd Bowles’ defense forced an NFL-high 10 turnovers during the preseason, including six in their 12-7 victory over the Cowboys back on Aug. 17.24: Neither Patrick Peterson nor Tyrann Mathieu had much of an opportunity to make a big play on special teams during the preseason. But while the former LSU teammates recorded three fair catches out of a possible seven chances, each had a return of 24 yards.36: Three of the Cardinals’ 10 preseason takeaways were recorded by undrafted rookie safety Tony Jefferson, who wears the No. 36. Jefferson finished the preseason with 13 tackles, a sack and a QB hit.75 While briefly tested with the signing of Dan Carpenter, 37-year-old Jay Feely did enough to earn the placekicking job going into the 2013 season. Feely converted on six of his eight attempts, including two from beyond 50 yards.2010: Arizona won three of its four preseason games for the first time since 2010. That season, Ken Whisenhunt and Co. finished last in the NFC West with a 5-11 record. – / 24 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals closed out what was for all intents and purposes an impressive showing in the preseason with a 32-24 victory over the Denver Broncos Thursday night at Sports Authority Field.While the team’s 3-1 record won’t mean much once the regular season gets under way Sept. 8, here’s a look back at the last four weeks by the numbers.0: Carson Palmer and the first-team offense had their fair share of troubles inside the red zone, but the first-year Cardinal didn’t commit any costly turnovers — something that hasn’t always been the case in recent years for quarterbacks in the Valley. In three games, Palmer threw two touchdowns to go along with no interceptions. The former Heisman Trophy winner’s only real blemish came on a turnover on downs against the Dallas Cowboys.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 1: The preseason is primarily about finding the best 53 players to fill a roster, but it’s also about staying healthy. The Cardinals did that for the most part, outside of the broken left leg suffered by first-round draft pick Jonathan Cooper on Aug. 24. Cooper had successful surgery on the leg earlier this week, but he is expected to miss a majority, if not all of the 2013 season.2: Bruce Arians made no bones about it after Thursday night’s game. He doesn’t care about overloading the running back position, even if it means five guys (Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Williams, Alfonso Smith, Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington) make the 53-man roster. While a lot of recent attention has been placed on Williams’ future with the team, the duo of Taylor and Ellington deserves some of the headlines, as well. On 61 carries, the two rookies combined for 202 yards and a touchdown.4: The battle for the team’s fourth wide receiver position behind Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts and Michael Floyd was one of the more intriguing plot lines during the preseason. And all of the candidates — Jaron Brown (11 catches, 145 yards and two touchdowns), Charles Hawkins (11 catches for 209 yards), Kerry Taylor (nine catches for 122 yards) and Mike Thomas (two catches for 20 yards and a touchdown) — acquitted themselves nicely. last_img read more