Greece's new cabinet was sworn in on Sunday (25th November). Lieutenant-General Phaidon Gizikis - commander?
SV Bishop Mgr. Seraphim swearing in Premier Androutsopoulos as General Gizikis watches
SCU General Gizikis in uniform and dark glasses.
SCU General Gizikis shaking hands with Androutsopoulos
SCU PAN FROM General to Prime Minister posing for photos
SV PAN government ministers are sworn in
SV Ministers kissing Bishop's hands and then shaking hands with General
SV PAN General and new government posing
SCU Androutsopoulos signing (2 shots)
SV Bishop signing as pressmen watch (2 shots)
SV General Gizikis speaking into microphones
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Background: Greece's new cabinet was sworn in on Sunday (25th November). Lieutenant-General Phaidon Gizikis - commander of the First Army Group - was sworn in as the country's new President, replacing President George papedopoulos. Mr. Adamandios Androutsopoulos - a lawyer trained in the United States became the country's new Prime Minister.
President Papadopoulos, a former Army colonel who seized power n a military coup in April 1967, was overthrown by another coup on Sunday, (November 25), and placed under house arrest. His regime was toppled by supporters who regarded his plans to hold elections in 1974 as premature. It's believed they saw fierce student revolts a week ago as proof that conditions in Greece were still not ripe for the elections. A policy statement put out by the leadership said the armed forces had stepped in to steer the nation back towards the original philosophy behind the 1967 coup which, they said, had been forsaken.
The new Cabinet was sworn in by Bishop Seraphim, Metropolitan of Ioannina, while Athens was under a 24-hour curfew. President Gizikis watched as Mr. Androutsopoulos was sworn in as Prime Minister, replacing Mr. Spyros Markezinis. Eight ministerial posts were left vacant in the now Cabinet. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Justice and Agriculture were some of those sworn in at the former Parliament building in Athens.
SYNOPSIS: General Gizikis took over Greece's top job after a military coup overthrew the regime of President George Papadopoulos on Sunday. President Papadopoulos came to power by means of another coup in 1967. Mr. Androutsopoulos replaced the former Prime Minister Mr. Spyros Markezinis.
Twelve new Ministers were sworn in by Bishop Seraphim, the Metropolitan of Ioannina. Eight Ministerial posts were left vacant, and the chiefs of the Army, police, and Air Force were replaced.
The Papadopoulos regime was toppled by supporters who regarded his plans to hold elections in 1974 as premature. It's believed they saw the recent student revolts as proof that conditions in Greece were not ripe for such a move. The former President was placed under house arrest.
The new leadership said the armed forces had stepped in to steer the nation back towards the original philosophy behind the 1967 coup.