As Greece heads towards next month's General Election, tempo is mounting with leaders of the main political parties taking to the electorate their own arguments.
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Background: As Greece heads towards next month's General Election, tempo is mounting with leaders of the main political parties taking to the electorate their own arguments. One of them, Andreas Papandreou, leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Party and himself the son of a former Prime Minister, has been out in the countryside. One major meeting he addressed was in the southern town of Patras.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Papandreou attacked Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis for calling the November elections a year earlier than he need have done. Most observers believe the decision was an astute one, virtually ensuring the return of the present Government, but Mr Papandreou accused him of an "electoral coup d'etat" with the move. It was a description that went down well with the crowd of several thousand supporters who turned out for the meeting. They had come armed with banners and slogans....all of them anti-American, anti-NATO and anti-Government. And the crowd of supporters agreed enthusiastically with Mr Papandreou's arguments against Greece's association with the Common Market, having American bases in Greece and returning to NATO.
It is generally accepted that Mr Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Party cannot hope to win a majority in the forthcoming elections. What they are aiming at is to come second... and so become the major opposition party.