Greek Prime Minister constantine ??? retained power after the country's general elections last sunday (20?
Greek Prime Minister constantine ??? retained power after the country's general elections last sunday (20 November), but his majority was sharply deceased. Previously his New Democracy Party had held 215 seats out of 300 in the Greek Assembly, but it now holds only 174. The election results showed a big swing to the left. The Panhellenic Socialist Party increased its strength from 15 to 91 seats, becoming the major opposition party, and the Moscow-line Communist party increased its strength from 8 to 11 seats. In Athens on Wednesday (23 November) communist leader Charilaos Florakis said this could mean problems for the New Democracy Party's government.
Mr. Florakis said the government's fate would depend on modifying its policies. The socialists and communists oppose Greek membership of NATO and its application to join the European Economic Community.
The ideas of the socialists and communists are in direct opposition to the government's and they are now in a strong position to argue their case in Parliament.