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December 03, 2007

George Papandreou survives election loss

The leader of the Pan Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) in Greece has survived failure to win the elections and continues to remain party president and opposition leader in the Greek parliament. His track record as Foreign Affairs minister was good, however since taking the position of party leader he has lost three national elections. His party reforms have been inconsistent and his new way of making politics incomprehensible to most Greeks.

Despite all that, party delegates as well as the general public (this is a worldwide first, as anyone who registers as a friend or party member can vote) elected him again into PASOK's presidaency.
Many argued that this is due to the old political family's brand name. Other because they think it will pay off in the future.

Many though still feel that he has yet to strike a chord of support with the majority of the Greek electorate.


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