Greek Premier Constantine Karamanlis attended the swearing-in of a new caretaker cabinet in Athens on Wednesday (9 October).
Greek Premier Constantine Karamanlis attended the swearing-in of a new caretaker cabinet in Athens on Wednesday (9 October). The new cabinet replaces the civilian government which had ruled the country since the military regime relinquished power last July.
On Tuesday (8 October), the civilian government resigned to allow the new cabinet to take office to organise the forthcoming General Election on 17 November. It is the first Greece has experienced since 1964.
The task of supervising the Election will be delicate since the caretaker cabinet is headed by Mr. Karamanlis, himself a candidate for the Premiership in the Election.
Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister, Mr. George Mavros, is also in the new cabinet.
Mr. Karamanlis is the leader of the "New Democracy party" and Mr. Mavros heads the "Centre Union-New Forces". The two parties are expected to be the main rivals in the Election.
Mr. Karamanlis has been criticised by political groups in Greece, especially the Communist Party, for excessive haste in calling a General election in November.
SYNOPSIS: The Presidency Building in Athens, Greece, where a new caretaker cabinet under Premier Constantine Karamanlis was sworn in on Wednesday. In replaces the civilian Government, which had ruled the country since July when the military regime relinquished power after seven-and-a-half years.
The caretaker cabinet includes several members of the former Government, which resigned on Tuesday to permit the new cabinet to organise the November General Election.
The new ministers were sworn in by Archbishop Serafim, Primate of Greece, in the presence of both Premier Karamanlis and the Greek President, General Phaedon Gizikis.
The new cabinet's tasks will be limited to the organisation of the elections the Cyprus dispute, and routine administrative affairs. handling the elections, the country's first in ten years, will be a delicate task. The two major parties are led by premier Karamanlis and his Deputy Premier, Foreign minister George Mavros.