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Issue #1481      17 November 2010

Greek regional and municipal elections

Significant increase for the Communist Party

On November 7 the first round of the regional and municipal elections was held, which took place after the administrative reforms which merged the 1,300 municipalities to form 325 and the 52 counties to form 13 regions. This was the result of the merger of local government bodies, which was enforced by the “Kallikratis” plan, approved by the social democratic parliamentary majority, which aside from the merger of the municipalities into fewer and larger units and the replacement of the prefectures by regions, will lead to new and deep anti-people changes.

The KKE (Communist Party of Greece) took part in the elections with the lists of People’s Rally, because in Greece the direct participation of parties in local elections is forbidden. People’s Rally participated in the elections of all the 13 regions, and in 260 municipalities which cover all the major urban centres and the majority of the country. There were thousands of candidates on the lists of People’s Rally, which were headed by well-known cadre of the KKE, of the All-workers Militant Front (PAME), The All Farmers’ Militant Rally (PASY), The Greek Anti-monopoly Rally of the Self-employed (PASEBE), the Students’ Struggle Front (MAS), The Women’s Organization of Greece (OGE), the Greek Committee for International Détente and Peace (EEDYE) etc.

These elections took on an intensely political character, taking into consideration that they came after a period of tough and large-scale class struggles against the anti-people measures which the social democratic government of PASOK, together with the EU and the IMF, imposed on the people. Struggles in which the KKE was at the forefront and which were led by the class-oriented labour-trade union movement, PAME.

The KKE had 40 councillors elected to the regional councils and over 500 municipal councillors.

With the data which has been gathered so far, in comparison with the parliamentary elections of 2009, there has been an increase of 75,000 votes. Nearly 11%, a 3.3% increase. The KKE is of the opinion that regardless of the votes, the number of people who have a positive opinion of the positions and assessments of the KKE, who are interested to learn about the alternative political proposal, who recognize the militant political role and contribution of the party, has increased.

At the same time the KKE “thanks and salutes all those men and women who for the first time voted for the lists which were supported by the KKE, who withstood the various intimidating actions, the provocative blackmailing and the various independent lists which were supported by the ruling class. This important increase in votes gives us new responsibilities and duties. We understand that necessity for us to meet the challenge of organising the struggle and rallying the people and the workers, to express the discontent and appetite for struggle of wider popular masses which appreciate our role and contribution, while at the same time having their own views on various matters.”

The current for anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist rallying has strengthened the alternative proposal for a solution which has people’s power, the people’s economy as its goal has gained ground.

The significant support which the KKE received not only nationwide but especially in major urban centres, where the working class of Greece lives and works, is of interest and is something which constitutes an especially important element for the KKE, the party of the working class.

The KKE received a significant increase in votes in large municipalities where large numbers of workers and popular strata reside. “It is of particular importance that we note the increase in the significant electoral influence of the KKE in Attiki (14.4% from 10.2%), which includes the capital Athens, Piraeus, as well as the industrial zones around the capital. In the Attiki area 4 million people reside and work. In 67 municipalities in Greece (out of the 260 where People’s Rally participated) the KKE received more than 11% of the vote.

The KKE also notes that “the increase in votes and percentage of the KKE contains important qualitative elements; the increase was larger on average in the major urban centres and in the large regions. The basic element of this increase was in the popular and working class neighbourhoods, in areas where farmers and small businessmen have intense problems, in areas where there are even better preconditions for the socio-political front of the working class in alliance with the self-employed and the small-medium farmers to be shaped and to acquire solid foundations.”

Furthermore that the KKE “reaffirms that it will rise to meet its increased responsibilities, that it will fight so as to overcome the shortcomings which were identified in its activities. It will focus on the rise of the militant spirit of the people, on the participation of masses and young people in the struggle; it will make new efforts to rally the people and to form the alliance of the working class with the self-employed, the poor farmers, the youth and women.

“The working people will face a new wave of anti-labour, anti-people measures, a new wave of authoritarian measures as the crisis will intensify both in Greece as well as in Europe. They will face the joint management in the Aegean Sea, which has already been planned, the intensification of the intra-imperialist contradictions in the region.

In view of these developments we will seek to create a stronger radical people’s current capable of hindering the worst measures and pave the way for the alternative political proposal which is necessary for the people and the country.”

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