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    In Athens and other cities, the Greek Government is staging an all-out campaign to win a favourable vote in the constitutional referendum to be held on Sunday (29 July).

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    In Athens and other cities, the Greek Government is staging an all-out campaign to win a favourable vote in the constitutional referendum to be held on Sunday (29 July).

    About six-million Greeks voting in the referendum will be asked to approve a new constitutional structure to shift Greece from a monarchy to a presidential republic and to confirm Premier Papadopoulos -- now the provisional President -- as the republic's first President, for a term of seven years.

    The military regime which has ruled Greece since 1967 has governed by decree. The constitutional changes were drafted in June, after Mr. Papadopoulos accused King Constantine -- who now lives in Italy -- of plotting against the Greek authorities.

    The Greek word for "yes" is "NAI", and pro-Government "Nai" posters have appeared all over Athens in recent weeks. But politicians belonging to Greece's disbanded political parties have urged the people to cast a "no" vote to bar the way towards what they say will be despotism and a dictatorship under the guise of parliamentary legality.

    Opponents of the Papadopoulos regime claim the electoral campaign is one-sided, with martial law still in force in Athens and nearby Piraeus and with freedom of the press restricted.

    Opponents charge that they have been banned from using the State-owned radio and television stations and from holding open-air rallies to campaign.

    The proposed constitutional changes, according to Mr. Papadopoulos, provide for a gradual return to a parliamentary system of government in Greece, possibly before the end of 1974. But the Premier has made it clear that the Greek people must vote "yes" in Sunday's referendum to reach this position.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5DXVLU9VK6MIHXCFVHOIDHBNV
    Media URN:
    VLVA5DXVLU9VK6MIHXCFVHOIDHBNV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
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    N/A

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