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Premier Wins Big in National Vote

September 23, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

Greece's Socialist Prime Minister Costas Simitis won his first major political gamble, sweeping to victory over opposition conservatives in early national elections. Simitis' win gives him control over the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, a free hand to name a Cabinet and a four-year mandate to implement his reform policies. It was a personal triumph for Simitis, 60, who confidently called the vote only to see his once-strong lead shrink.

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