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    YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) KING CONSTANTINE SWORE IN A NEW GREEK CABINET OF 15 MEMBERS LED BY THE SOCIALIST PRIME MINISTER, MR.

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    YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) KING CONSTANTINE SWORE IN A NEW GREEK CABINET OF 15 MEMBERS LED BY THE SOCIALIST PRIME MINISTER, MR. ELIAS TSIRIMOKOS. BUT EVEN AS HE DID SO, POLITICAL COMMENTATORS ESTIMATED THAT THE NEW 58 YEAR-OLD PREMIER WOULD NEED TO ATTRACT ANOTHER 15 DEPUTIES FROM THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER, MR. PAPANDREOU, IF THE NEW GOVERNMENT IS TO GET A PARLIAMENTARY MAJORITY.

    MR. TSIRIMOKOS IS THE SECOND PRIME MINISTER TO BE APPOINTED BY THE KING SINCE THE GREEK POLITICAL CRISIS BEGAN LAST MONTH WHEN MR. PAPANDREOU WAS FORCED TO RESIGN AFTER A DISPUTE WITH THE KING OVER THE ARMY. MR. TSIRIMOKOS PREDECESSOR, MR. ATHANASSIADES-NOVAS FAILED TO GET A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE 12 DAYS AGO.

    THE NEW CABINET OF 12 MINISTERS AND THREE UNDER-SECRETARIES -- MANY OF THEM HOLDING MORE THAN ONE PORTFOLIO -- CONTAINS ONLY NINE MEN WHO BROKE AWAY FROM MR. PAPANDREOU TO FOLLOW MR. TSIRIMOKOS. SIX OF THE CABINET HAVE BEEN SUPPORTERS OF MR. NOVAS.

    FOR THE CRUCIAL TEST IN PARLIAMENT IT IS BELIEVED THAT MR. TSIRIMOKOS CAN COUNT ON THE SUPPORT OF ONLY 136 DEPUTIES, AT PRESENT. HE NEEDS ANOTHER 15 TO COMMAND AN OVERALL MAJORITY IN THE 300-SEAT PARLIAMENT. SUPPORTERS OF THE NEW PRIME MINISTER CLAIM THAT THE 15 MINISTERIAL PORTFOLIOS HE STILL HAS TO FILL WILL ENABLE HIM TO WIN OVER THE DEPUTIES HE NEEDS FROM MR. PAPANDREOU.

    AFTER THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY, MR. TSIRIMOKOS HAD AND HOUR'S CONFERENCE WITH THE KING AND THE CABINET HELD ITS FIRST MEETING.

    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE LATER MR. TSIRIMOKOS WARNED THAT THE NEW GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT TOLERATE MOB RULE OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT WHILE HIS POLICY WAS BEING DEBATED. HE SAID HE BELIEVED THE FIVE-WEEK OLD CRISIS AROSE NOT FROM THE CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION BUT FROM ITS HANDLING AND ACCUSED MR. PAPANDREOU OF PROVOKING THE CRISIS "IN A MANNER WHICH WAS UNWORTHY OF A FORMER PRIME MINISTER."
    AS HE SPOKE DEMONSTRATORS SUPPORTING MR. PAPANDREOU WERE OUT IN THE STREETS AND IN THE LATE EVENING AN ESTIMATED 15,000 PEOPLE DEMANDED THE RETURN OF THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER. IN GREECE'S SECOND NIGHT OF VIOLENCE 120 PEOPLE WERE REPORTED INJURED, INCLUDING 50 POLICE. THE POLICE CHIEF WOULD NOT DISCLOSE THE NUMBER ARRESTED BUT IT IS BELIEVED THAT SEVERAL HUNDRED WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC09ARMH3EAKZKGZL9Z7ZN8SQU
    Media URN:
    VLVAC09ARMH3EAKZKGZL9Z7ZN8SQU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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