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Athens Organizers Say Election Won't Disrupt Plans

Athens Olympics organizers said on Thursday that preparations for the Games would not be disrupted by a general election that could lead to a change in government five months before the August event. “Our motto is work, work, work,” an ATHOC official told Reuters. “All preparations are progressing according to plan. We are not worried by the election.” A test event for rhythmic gymnastics scheduled for the March 7 election weekend was being postponed, but there would be no other change of plan, the official said. Prime Minister Costas Simitis called early elections on Wednesday and earmarked popular Foreign Minister George Papandreou as his successor to boost his socialist party’s flagging electoral fortunes. Full Story

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