Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis retained power in Greece's weekend election-but saw his majority sharply cut, meaning a bigger say in Parliament for those politicians opposed to NATO and favouring a tougher line on Cyprus.
Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis retained power in Greece's weekend election-but saw his majority sharply cut, meaning a bigger say in Parliament for those politicians opposed to NATO and favouring a tougher line on Cyprus. The New Democracy Party of Mr. Karamanlis, who is 70, has been assured of 174 of the assembly's 300 seats.
SYNOPSIS: About six million Greeks voted in the elections...the second since democracy was restored in their country three years ago.
One of the early voters was Harilaos Florakos, leader of the Communist party of Greece...they did well, getting more than eight per cent of the vote.
The big loser at the polls was the liberal leader, George Mavros. His Union of the Democratic Centre Party polled only 12 per cent of the votes...well down on the last elections, and now have only 15 seats in the Assembly, compared with 57 it had last time.
Constantine Karamanlis, 70-year-old Prime Minister, his New Democracy Party back in power but with a slashed majority.
The voting went much as the political pundits had forecast. It had been generally expected that Mr. Karamanlis would retain power....but that his position would be nowhere near as strong as before. And that is what happened. As the results came in, it became abundantly clear that not only was Mr. Karamanlis back with less of a mandate...but also that there had been a swing to the left.
The biggest opposition group emerges as the Panhellenic Socialist Party of Mr. Andreas Papandreou. They increased their strength in the Assembly more than six-fold...and they want Greece out of NATO...are against Greek membership of the EEC and want to close American bases in Greece.