The leader of the Union of Democratic Centre, Mr. George Mavros, has criticised Greek Prime?
SV & GV Party supporters marching along road chanting slogans. (2 shots)
GV Building where George Mavros addresses crowd.
CU George Mavros addressing crowd.
GV PAN Crowd listening to George Mavros' speech followed by applause.
Prime Minister Karamanlis won power in November 1974 with a convincing 54 per cent of the votes and now commands 215 of the 300 seats in Parliament. Mr. Mavros' party has 57 seats, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement has 15, the Communist Party has 8, a socialist group has 3 and the other two are held by independents. Political observers say Mr. Karamanlis' victory reflected not so much the popularity of his New Democracy Party but a desire for most Greeks for a smooth transition from the previous military rule.
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Background: The leader of the Union of Democratic Centre, Mr. George Mavros, has criticised Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis for calling a general election a full year before his term was to expire. Greece goes to the polls on 20 November. Before a huge party rally at Larissa, the capital of central greece, on Sunday (25 September), Mr. Mavros warned that 1978 would be the most crucial year in the history of the Greek nation.
SYNOPSIS: The election rally attracted tens of thousands, mostly from the rural regions of central Greece.
The main problems facing the government are the tough negotiations with the Common Market, the disputes with Turkey, inflation aggravated by heavy defence expenditure, and labour unrest.
It's thought the government called for an early election partly because conditions now are more favourable than they might be in a year.
Mr. George Mavros claims that the government is losing popularity rapidly and he criticised the decision to call a snap election. To an enthusiastic audience, Mr. Mavros outlined his new agrarian and political programme. He accused the government of failing to solve any of the country's internal or external problems and warned that the next year would be crucial. Mr. Mavros is expected to speak in Athens on 17 November, while Prime Minister Karamanlis' reply is expected the following day.