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    Athens appeared entirely calm on Saturday (June 2), the day after the Greek Prime Minister Mr.

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    Athens appeared entirely calm on Saturday (June 2), the day after the Greek Prime Minister Mr. George Papadopoulos announced that the monarchy had been abolished and that he had been appointed Provisional President of the Republic. The decision had been expected by the Greek people for some time.

    The Greek Prime Minister, deposed when the Army seized power in 1967, and sight other prominent politicians pledged themselves to defend the rights of the Greek people following the abolition of the Monarchy.

    Reports said a number of Royalist personalities, including former Interior Minister Christopher Stratos had been rounded up by security authorities during the night. And all units of the Greek Army in the Athens area were in a state of alert for fear of any incidents by officers sympathetic to the Royalist cause.

    Four senior officers in the armed forces submitted their resignations on Saturday but did not give the reason. Among them were Lieut. Gen. Nicholas Dambassis, Deputy Chief of the Army Command and Rear Admiral Theodoros Maolopoulos, Deputy Chief of the Naval Command.

    The Evzones, Greece's traditional Royal guards were still on duty outside the Royal Palace, but there was no flag on the Palace mast. It could be one of their last day's of Palace duty.

    Flags were flying on Government buildings to celebrate the announcement. And preparations were under way to remove Royal emblems from Government buildings.

    Members of the diplomatic corps, now accredited to the King of the Hellenes will have too present new credentials to "the President of the Greek Republic."

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