Ex-King Constantine of Greece is now formally deposed after an overwhelming seventy percent vote against the monarchy in the country's referendum on Sunday (8 December).
SV Papandreou voting and posing for photographs
SV Mavros voting
GTV Karamanlis out of car and into polling station PAN TO crowds cheering (2 shots)
STV Karamanlis out of polling station and waves to crowds
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Background: Ex-King Constantine of Greece is now formally deposed after an overwhelming seventy percent vote against the monarchy in the country's referendum on Sunday (8 December).
And the task now remains for re-writing of the country's constitution.
Parliament convenes for the first time on Monday (9 December) to elect a speaker, and on Wednesday (11 December) Prime Minister Karamanlis will make his policy statement.
The Parliament is empowered to revise radically the 1952 constitution now in force, and to amend clauses regarding prerogatives of the Head of State, which will now be a President in accordance with the peoples' verdict on Sunday.
The ousting of King Constantine was not entirely unexpected.
Political leaders said openly before the referendum that they did not want the monarchy.
Prime Minster Karamanlis, whose New Democracy Party has officially remained neutral, was known to have favoured a Presidential Republic.
The main opposition parties ... the Centre Union-New Forces of George Mavros and the Panhellenic Socialist Movement of Andreas Papandreou, both strongly urged a "no" vote for the monarchy.