Veteran politician, Professor Constantine Tsatsos was formally inaugurated as new President of the Greek Republic in a ceremony conducted before the assembled Greek Parliament in Athens on Friday (20 June).
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Background: Veteran politician, Professor Constantine Tsatsos was formally inaugurated as new President of the Greek Republic in a ceremony conducted before the assembled Greek Parliament in Athens on Friday (20 June).
Seventy-six year-old Professor Tstsos was elected to the post -- which holds sweeping powers under the country's new constitution -- by the Greek Parliament on Thursday with 210 of the 300 possible votes. He will hold office for five years, and replaces Mr. Michael Stassinopoulos...as figurehead President under the 1952 Greek constitution.
The new President is a close friend and long-time political colleague of Greek Prime Minister, Constantine Karamanlis, and he served as minister under him on a number of occasions. Mr. Tsatsos was the official presidential choice of Mr. Karamanlis' ruling New Democratic Party.
His election has brought criticism from opposition groups that Mr. Karamanlis now effectively controls both the government and the presidency.
Under Greece's new constitution, the President becomes commander of the armed forces, and exerts power to appoint the country's Prime Minister and to veto legislation.
SYNOPSIS: At a ceremony conducted by the Greek Patriarch, Monsignor Seraphim, before the assembled Greek Parliament in Athens on Friday, veteran politician Constantine Tsatsos was formally inaugurated as the republic's new President. Professor Tstasos' term of office covers five years ... new constitution.
The new President was elected by two-thirds of the Greek Parliament the day before. He is a close friend and long-time political associate of the Prime Minister, Constantine Karamanlis...and emerged as Mr. Karamanlis' ruling New Democratic Party's official presidential candidate. Professor Tsatsos' election has given rise to opposition claims hat Mr. Karamanlis now effectively rules the presidency...as well as the government. Under Greece's new constitution, presidential powers have been greatly extended.