The parliamentary government of Greek Premier Constantine Karamanlis was sworn in on Thursday (21 November), restoring democratic rule which had been abolished when the Army seized power in 1967.
GV Karamanlis and Gizikis entering room, surrounded by people
CU Gizikis PAN To Ministers preparing to make oath
CU Karamanlis taking oath and shaking hands with Gizikis after oath has been taken
GV Newsman outside
GV Karamanlis and new ministers walk out for photocall
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Background: The parliamentary government of Greek Premier Constantine Karamanlis was sworn in on Thursday (21 November), restoring democratic rule which had been abolished when the Army seized power in 1967.
Members of the new cabinet were sworn in before President Phaedon Gizikis buy Archbishop Serafim, Primate of Greece.
Although elected on a wave of popularity during Sunday's voting -- when Mr. Karamanlis's New Democracy Party polled over 54 per cent of the votes - -the government is expected to have to take some highly unpopular measures to deal with urgent problems.
Newspapers in Athens have bene predicting a harsh austerity campaign to counteract the economic situation. Inflation was running at 35 per cent last year.
On the political front, Cyprus looms as the most pressing problem,. Formation of the new cabinet was accelerated in view of the visit to Athens on Sunday of the ousted Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios.
And there's a huge backlog of other problems left by the Cyprus crisis and the years of military rule. Among the most urgent are relations with Turkey, the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (from which Greece withdraw this year); supervision of the December 8 referendum deciding the future of the monarchy; and punishment of criminal acts committed during military rule.