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New Athens mayor sworn in

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Newly-elected Athens mayor Yiorgos Kaminis and the 148 municipal councillors were sworn in on Wednesday in the presence of Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos.    Addressing the municipal councillors, Kaminis called for the rallying of the municipal groupings, agencies and citizens to enable Athens to overcome the severe crisis it is experiencing.

"I am fully aware of the responsibility that we are undertaking today and of the expectations that our effort has fuelled. I am fully aware of the difficulties that we shall be facing in this undertaking," Kaminis said.   "The municipal authority that is assuming its duties today is the first municipal authority that is being called on to run Athens in conditions of a great crisis that is changing the economic, social and intellectual life of our society. A crisis of viability, as an ultimate conclusion," he added. Source: