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PASOK Moves to Bar Neo-Nazi from Running in June 25 Elections

ATHENS – With a second round of elections coming June 25, the PASOK-KINAL party that finished third in a first round asked Greece’s Supreme Court to again block a jailed neo-Nazi from taking part.

The Greeks for the Homeland and Freedom alliance of convicted Ilias Kasidiaris, former spokesman for the Golden Dawn party who is imprisoned with its leaders, was barred from a first elections but keeps trying to run.

Despite a prohibition from the Parliament and High Court, he again filed papers trying to participate in the next round with PASOK hoping to gain votes and hold down Kasidiaris’ party from campaigning.

PASOK said it could “not allow a criminal organization that undermined our democracy to indulge in the mockery and humiliation of its institutions through trickery by contesting the election as an alliance of independent candidates so as to circumvent the previous ban.”

“In all their efforts, neo-Nazi criminals will face the organized and considered response of PASOK,” the party said, reported the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency with New Democracy, which won a first round easily, expected to triumph again, perhaps with enough votes to have single-party rule again.

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