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    KING CONSTANTINE, THE YOUNG RULER OF GREECE WHO HAS FOUND HIMSELF AT THE CENTRE OF A POLITICAL CRISIS, HAS ASKED MR.

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    MR. TSIRIMOKOS EARLIER THIS YEAR, WITH MR. STEPHANOPOULOS LEAVING THE PALACE TODAY (WEDNESDAY), RECENT FILM OF KING CONSTANTINE INSPECTING TROOPS, RECENT FILM OF THE OUSTED PREMIER, MR. GEORGE PAPANDREOU, AND FILM OF AN ANTI-ROYALIST MOB IN THE STREETS OF ATHENS.




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    Background: KING CONSTANTINE, THE YOUNG RULER OF GREECE WHO HAS FOUND HIMSELF AT THE CENTRE OF A POLITICAL CRISIS, HAS ASKED MR. ELIAS TSIRIMOKOS TO TRY TO FORM AN ADMINISTRATION. THE KING'S DECISION WAS ANNOUNCED SOON AFTER HE HAD SPOKEN TO BOTH MR. TSIRIMOKOS AND ANOTHER CONTENDER, MR. STEPHANOPOULOS, AT THE ROYAL PALACE.

    MR. ELIAS TSIRIMOKOS IS COMPARATIVELY UNKNOWN OUTSIDE HIS OWN COUNTRY -- AND THE KING'S CHOICE HAS CAUSED CONSIDERABLE SURPRISE EVEN IN ATHENS. MR. TSIRIMOKOS IS 58 -- AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE SOCIALIST PARTY. HE AND MR. STEPHANOPOULOS ARE JOINT LEADERS OF THE CENTRE UNION BREAKAWAY GROUP.

    THE PRESENT CRISIS CAME ABOUT WHEN KING CONSTANTINE DISMISSED THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. GEORGE PAPANDREOU AFTER AN ARGUMENT ABOUT THE DEFENCE MINISTER. MR. PAPANDREOU HAD WANTED TO REMOVE THE MINISTER AS HE CONSIDERED HIM TOO RIGHT-WING. THE KING'S RESPONSE WAS TO DISMISS MR. PAPANDREOU AND TO ASK MR. GEORGE ATHANASSIADES-NOVAS TO FORM A GOVERNMENT. MR. NOVAS' ADMINISTRATION FELL THREE WEEKS LATE WHEN IT FAILED TO OBTAIN A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.

    THE POLITICAL CRISIS HAS BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY MASSIVE STREET DEMONSTRATION IN ATHENS -- MOST OF THEM IN SUPPORT OF THE OUSTED MR. PAPANDREOU AND AGAINST THE MONARCHY.

    THE NEW CABINET IS EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED WITHIN THE NEXT FEW HOURS. IT WILL NOT INCLUDE MR. STEPHANOPOULOS. MR. PAPANDREOU'S REACTION TO THE KING'S CHOICE IS NOT YET KNOWN -- BUT AN UNEASY CALM HAS FALLEN ON ATHENS AS POLITICIANS AWAIT THE PUBLICATION OF THE CABINET LIST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA96V4EM1DC2VUFQ3F7BIRL7QE8
    Media URN:
    VLVA96V4EM1DC2VUFQ3F7BIRL7QE8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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