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Cool welcome for ELAM from Archbishop (Updated)

The Archbishop has expressed – with hesitation – his satisfaction that far right group ELAM had obtained a seat in parliament.

Speaking to Alpha TV on Wednesday, he said certain MPs were not re-elected after they had undertaken certain populist stances and the public was right not to vote for them.

Asked to comment on the entrance of ELAM, now with two seats in parliament, he said “I didn’t believe they would get in but I can say I’m satisfied. Other voices will be heard now. Many times you need extremists so the others are more careful.”

If ELAM’s attitude is for the good of the people “then I believe we will do well” he added.

When the journalist remarked that the Archbishop’s satisfaction with ELAM’s election would likely spark a reaction, he said “Listen. We have a democracy. This is the decision of the people. Why do others accept the decision of the public to elect the other parties but this somehow isn’t a decision by the people to vote for them?”

“We should learn to respect the opinion of the people.”

The Archbishop could not be reached for comment.

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