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Greece bans political parties set by convicts to run in elections

The amendment banning political parties whose leaders have been convicted of crimes from running in the elections was passed in the Greek parliament late on Wednesday.

The amendment tabled by the Interior Ministry was passed with the votes of ruling New Democracy (ND) and the PASOK-KINAL.

Main opposition SYRIZA voted “present,” while KKE, Elliniki Lysi and Mera25 voted against the amendment.

The four parties wanted changes in the amendment considering it as “very vague.” ND rejected them.

The amendment was tabled after the government discovered with a year delay that Golden Dawn convict and former No 2 in the criminal organization, Ilias Kassidiaris, had set up a political party and was doing pre-elections campaign directly from the prison.

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