For the first time since its legalisation last month, the Central Committee of the Greek Communist Party held an official press conference in Athens on Thursday (3 October).
For the first time since its legalisation last month, the Central Committee of the Greek Communist Party held an official press conference in Athens on Thursday (3 October). The Communist Party (KKE) was outlawed in 1947 after an unsuccessful attempt to seize power. The press conference was held in response to the Greek Government's announcement that parliamentary elections will take place on 17 November.
During the press conference, Central Committee Secretary Charalambros Dracopoules described the system of balloting as biased in favour of the larger political parties. Under the new system, any party not obtaining 17 per cent of the total vote does not participate in the second redistribution of seats in the 300 member parliament.
Mr. Dracopoulos accused Greek Premier, Constantine Karamanlis, of calling the elections too hastily. He went on to speak of unity between socialist groups in Greece and the possibility of co-operation among the more radical political parties.
Strongest contender in the November elections will be the "New Democracy" party recently formed by Premier Karamanlis to embrace politicians of all shades of opinion, except the Communists. Other major parties include the Centre Union Party, led by Deputy Premier George Mavros, and the Panhellenic Socialist Movement set up by Andreas Papandreou, son of Greece's late Premier George Papandreou.
SYNOPSIS: The Hesperia Palace Hotel, Athens, where the Central Committee of the newly legalised Greek Communist Party held its first ???cial press conference on Thursday. Secretary Charalambros Dracopoulos introduced Committee members to pressmen, then went on to criticise the Greek government for what he termed its "hasty" action in calling elections for November seventeenth.