Colonel George Papadopoulos was sworn in as President of the Greek Republic on Sunday (August 19) after ruling the nation for more than six years as Prime Minister and Regent in the name of King Constantine -- exiled shortly after the military revolution in April 1967.
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Background: Colonel George Papadopoulos was sworn in as President of the Greek Republic on Sunday (August 19) after ruling the nation for more than six years as Prime Minister and Regent in the name of King Constantine -- exiled shortly after the military revolution in April 1967. His ???uration followed the July 29 referendum, which sealed the abolition ??? monarchy when it approved constitutional changes for the ??? ishment of a republic.
The events leading up to Sunday's inauguration of Greece's first president in modern history began when Colonel Papadopoulos, then an artillery commander, seized governmental power in a revolution in April 1967. King Constantine fled the country in December that year after failing in a counter-coup. Since then, he has lived in exile -- mainly in Rome, Italy.
A constitution limiting royal prerogatives was approved by more than ninety per cent of the Greek electorate in September the following year, but when the constitution came into effect the following month several of its articles -- concerning civil liberties and human rights -- remained suspended. Martial law was generally lifted in January, 1972, and the military government abolished the monarchy in January 1973 -- declaring Greece a republic at the same time. The referendum in July this year (1973) followed the government abolition of the monarchy on the discovery of an alleged plot to overthrow the regime and re-establish King Constantine.