23 October, 2006
According to official results of the second round of the local government elections which were released by the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization Ministry at press time on Sunday evening, in the confrontation for the election of mayor in two major prefectures, the victor in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, was Vassilis Papageorgopoulos who was backed by the ruling New Democracy (ND), while in Patras, western Greece, the winner was Andreas Fouras who was supported by the main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).
In the seven confrontations for the election of a prefect, the ND won the prefectures of Arkadia with Dimitris Constantopoulos and Hania, Crete, with Grigoris Arhontakis. PASOK won the prefectures of Karditsa with Fotis Alexakos, Cephalonia with Dionysis Georgatos, Lefkada with Constantine Aravanis, Magnisia with Apostolos Papatolias and Serres with St. Fotiadis.
In the second round of the local government elections for prefects in capitals of prefectures, ND won seven municipalities, while in another two municipalities, elected were independents of ND. PASOK won eight municipalities, while in another two municipalities, elected were two independents of PASOK. Finally, in two municipalities, elected were candidates who were supported by PASOK and the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos).
The ND maintains its lead in prefectures, winning 30 against 22 by PASOK. Two prefectures which were elected were with the cooperation of PASOK and Synaspismos.
Source: Athens News Agency