The most critical meeting of the Municipal Committee was held this morning at the City Hall to elect a Mayor, since the Greek capital is without one due to the stubborn insistence of the three adverse parties which shared the votes of the Athenian Public during the mayoral elections of April 5th, 1959.
Views of the Athens City Hall (a closer shot). In the background the Acropolis.
The emblem of Pallas Athene, symbol of the Athens City Hall.
View of the crowds in the voting hall.
Former Mayor and candidate of the Independents General Katsotas.
Government candidate Vranopoulos.
Communist candidate and elected Mayor of Athens Anghelos Tsoukalas.
View of the Municipal Council at the voting Hall.
The voting starts and the members of the council vote.
Tsoukalas (the elected Mayor) speaks to the Council.
Members of the council vote for second time.
Anthi Zaharatos, the well-known soprano of the Greek Melodrama and a
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Background: The most critical meeting of the Municipal Committee was held this morning at the City Hall to elect a Mayor, since the Greek capital is without one due to the stubborn insistence of the three adverse parties which shared the votes of the Athenian Public during the mayoral elections of April 5th, 1959. And this, for the three parties represent three different political opinions, viz.: the government, the Independent and the Leftist.
We say "critical", because during the first voting of May 7, 1959, none of the there candidates managed to secure a two-thirds majority (at least 20 votes of the 31 Municipal Members) and thus according to the existing electoral law if again today the meeting will prove fruitless, Athens Mayor will be elected the one who received the majority of votes during the elections of April 5, 1959, i.e. the Communist candidate Anghelos Tsoukalas.
The success of the Leftist candidate will anyhow create serious inconvenience sin the Affairs of the City of Pallas Athene, for he will not be able to run and control the Municipal services in View of the fact that the united opposition parties in the Municipal Council will have 21 members against 10 of the Mayor.
It is expected therefore that Greek Premier Constantine Karamanlis will interfere at the last minute attempting to persuade the leader of the two Right-Wing parties (Independents 9 members and pro-Government 9) to reach into a compromise saving so Athens Municipality from the hands of the Communists. Unfortunately the Government could not influence the right-wing candidates and the Oldest Municipality of the World turned in the hands of the Communists.