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    Greek Prime Minister constantine ??? retained power after the country's general elections last sunday (20?

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    SV Greek communist leader, Charilaos Florakis at desk writing with picture of Lenin in background

    CU Lenin's portrait

    SV Florakis speaking in Greek (English translation begins at 16 feet)

    FLORAKIS: "From one point of view the elections now in 1977 differ qualitatively from those of 1974. In those elections in 1974 the problem facing the Greek people was mainly that of the choice between dictatorship or democracy. That was reflected in the slogan 'Either Karamanlis or the tanks'. In the 1977 elections the question facing the Greek people was between the Atlantic policy, the policy of subservience, adherence to NATO, or a policy of independence, democracy, economic development in the interests of the people and not of monopolies. The Greek people, more than 50 per cent, of the Greek people, voted in these elections in 1977 in favour of the latter policy. This shows that the people desire change in Greece and no-one can ignore this fact. The fate of the new government will be decided by the extent to which it takes this into account. As for the democratic forces, they will do their duty for the fulfilment of the desires of the Greek people for change, for a policy of independence, democracy, and economic development."

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    Background: 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.

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