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Papandreou Re-elected Socialist International President

Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, who was forced out of office last year after two years of protests, strikes and riots he imposed that ironically were antithetical to the platform of his PASOK Socialist party, has been re-elected President of the Socialist International.

Papandreou got the nod to stay as the organization’s leader during its XXIV Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, on Aug. 30, attended by more than 400 participants from over 100 parties and organizations around the world. The event took place under the heading of For a New Internationalism and a New Culture of Solidarity.

Papandreou opened the Congress, and was re-elected unanimously by a show of hands. Candidates for the post of Secretary General, incumbent Luis Ayala and Vice-President of the SI, Mona Sahlin from the SAP, Sweden, gave their electoral presentations. A vote then took place by secret ballot, overseen by the Electoral Commission, which included a representative from each continent. The election was won by Ayala.

The Congress, which runs until Sept. 1, was hosted by the African National Congress (ANC) in the year of its 100th anniversary, the first Congress in the history of the International to take place in Africa. More information is available at

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