A former Greek Prime Minister, Stephanos Stephanopoulos, has launched a new right-wing political party in the campaign for the country's forthcoming general elections.
GV INTERIOR: National Party leader Stephanos Stephanopoulos being cheered by crowd at rally. (THREE SHOTS)
GV EXTERIOR: Crowds cheering.
SCU: Stephanopoulos addressing rally in Greek.
GV: Crowd applaud.
The general elections are to be held on November 20. Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis called the elections a year early because, he said, a Government with a fresh mandate would be in a better position to deal with the Country's external problems on the Cyprus issue, on disputes with Turkey over territorial rights in the Aegean, and on negotiations for full membership of the European Economic Community.
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Background: A former Greek Prime Minister, Stephanos Stephanopoulos, has launched a new right-wing political party in the campaign for the country's forthcoming general elections. Called the National Party, it is supported by Royalists and extreme right-wingers. On Tuesday (8 November) thousands of people turned out to hear 77-year-old Mr. Stephanopoulos address a party rally in Athens.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Stephanopoulos, who was Prime Minister for 16 months in the 1960's hopes to attract the conservative right-wing vote. Lately, this element has become disgruntled with the tolerant policies of the New Democracy Party government, and showed a welcome for the comeback of Mr. Stephanopoulos.
When he stepped outside, supporters boomed out his name.
Mr. Stephanopoulos explained the National Party's election platform. He said it was in favour of the Greece's full return to the military wing of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). This, he said, would enable the country to negotiate with Turkey on an equal footing. Mr. Stephanopoulos also promised that, if the national Party was elected, it would grant amnesty to leaders of the 1967 military coup, who have since been held in prison.
This was the response to the amnesty gesture.