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    THE THREE-WEEK-OLD GREEK GOVERNMENT OF MR. GEORGE ATHANASSIADES-NOVAS FELL EARLY TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN PARLIAMENT REJECTED?

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    THE THREE-WEEK-OLD GREEK GOVERNMENT OF MR. GEORGE ATHANASSIADES-NOVAS FELL EARLY TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN PARLIAMENT REJECTED A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE BY 167 VOTES TO 131. MR. NOVAS TOOK OVER AFTER MR. GEORGE PAPANDREOU WAS OUSTED BY KING CONSTANTINE IN A DISPUTE OVER THE PREMIER'S ATTEMPTS TO DISMISS THE DEFENCE MINISTER, WHO HAD OPPOSED A RIGHT-WING PURGE IN THE ARMY.

    STORMY SCENES CONTINUED DURING MOST OF THE DEBATE. MR. NOVAS APPEALED FOR CALM AS THE MEETING BEGAN - AND THE LEADER OF THE NATIONAL RADICAL UNION PARTY, MR. CANELLOPOULOS PROMISED TO LIMIT HIS MEMBER'S SPEECHES SO THAT THE VOTE COULD BE TAKEN QUICKLY. A LARGE FORCE OF POLICE WAS ON DUTY OUTSIDE KEEPING BACK A HUGE CROWD, MANY OF WHOM CARRIED PLACARDS CALLING FOR THE RESTORATION OF MR. PAPANDREOU AS PRIME MINISTER.

    AMONG THE SPEAKERS DURING THE DEBATE WAS MR. COSTOPOULOS - THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE IN THE NOVAS GOVERNMENT. HE APPEALED TO THE DEPUTIES TO LEAVE THE ARMY OUT OF POLITICS. MR. COSTOPOULOS STRONGLY DENIED ALLEGATIONS THAT GREECE WAS PLANNING TO SEND TROOPS TO VIETNAM.

    WHILE THE DEBATE CONTINUED, MR. PAPANDREOU - THE OUSTED PREMIER - SAT IN HIS OFFICE. HE HAD REFUSED TO ENTER THE CHAMBER EXCEPT AS PRIME MINISTER. AFTER THE VOTE HE SAID: "I HOPE THAT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MR. NOVAS WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF A COMPLETE RESTORATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3CKZEIQ50LXI38R5YRJY14OGD
    Media URN:
    VLVA3CKZEIQ50LXI38R5YRJY14OGD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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