April 9, 1990 |
Conservative leader Constantine Mitsotakis claimed victory early today in national elections, saying he will form a majority government to break a sapping political stalemate that has left Greece perilously adrift. Mitsotakis' right-of-center New Democracy Party easily outdistanced Socialist and Communist opponents in voting Sunday. However, it lacked an assured majority in the 300-seat Parliament when Mitsotakis addressed a 4 a.m. press conference.
September 23, 1996 |
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.
April 15, 1989 |
Greek and U.S. negotiators ended their 16th round of talks on the future of American military bases in Greece with "little progress toward a new accord," a government spokesman said Friday. The negotiators, who began the most recent round of talks Monday, are trying to reach a comprehensive defense and economic cooperation pact that would determine the future of four major U.S. military bases and 20 smaller installations. Greek government spokesman Sotiris Kostopoulos said the two sides "examined the preamble and various aspects of a possible agreement, but there was no notable progress."
September 29, 1989 |
Drama in a historic vote of censure in the small hours of the morning. Pathos at a funeral in the afternoon rain. Such were the political signposts Thursday in a country on hold. Greece, the divided and unstable kin of a united and powerful Europe, is adrift, searching for a new course. An improbable government of conservatives and Communists, formed after no-winner June elections, announced Thursday that, as planned, it will resign next week to clear the way for new elections Nov. 5.
November 6, 1989 |
A country searching in economic distress for a new government failed again to find one Sunday when Greek national elections solidified a left-right stalemate. Nearly complete returns in parliamentary voting early today mirrored results of an inconclusive June election in which conservatives wrested a plurality from socialist foes but fell tantalizingly short of the majority needed to form a one-party government.
October 5, 1993
Longtime rivals Constantine Mitsotakis and Andreas Papandreou face off in deja vu national elections Sunday in which Greek voters will decide whether to hew to painful free market economics or to restore free-spending socialism.
October 11, 1993 |
Four years after they tossed him out of office in disgrace, troubled Greek voters turned anew to Socialist warhorse Andreas Papandreou on Sunday, sweeping him back into power in an extraordinary political resurrection. Fueled by national disquiet over economic austerity, the comeback was a personal vindication for the ailing 74-year-old autocrat, who has been the fulcrum of Greek political life for decades.
February 13, 1990 |
Prime Minister Xenophon Zolotas resigned after the three main political parties supporting him withdrew their ministers from his Cabinet, officials said. The conservative New Democracy party, the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement and the Communist-led Alliance of the Left said they will support Zolotas through April 8 elections.
March 18, 1989 |
Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou named a new Cabinet on Friday in an apparent attempt to purge his Socialist government of ministers linked to an embezzlement scandal three months before parliamentary elections. Under pressure from the conservative opposition within his ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement, or PASOK, and parties of the far left to resign over the four-month-old scandal involving a fugitive Greek banker, Papandreou asked members of his Cabinet to step down Thursday.
October 12, 1993 |
Once again it is the role of Andreas Papandreou to bring hope to many Greeks and uncertainty to all of them. As he savored his improbable electoral victory in suburban seclusion Monday, Greece's 10 million people could only wonder what the Socialist Papandreou has in store for the partner that Europe left behind.