June 19, 1989 |
Controversial Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou lost control of Parliament in national elections here Sunday, but conservative challengers apparently fell short in their bid to force him from office. While the rebuff to Papandreou after eight years of hard-sell socialism had been expected, the seeming failure by conservatives to win a parliamentary majority triggered uncertainty and concern about the Greek political future. Under a full moon that hung as if painted above the majestic Acropolis, tens of thousands of voters streamed through election-dazzled Athens in honking procession early today, although the makeup of their new government remained in doubt.
January 11, 1991 |
Athens police and rampaging youths clashed after tens of thousands of high school students and teachers marched to protest alleged government involvement in a teacher's slaying. The bodies of two men were found in a building the youths torched, and at least 83 others were injured. Police fired tear gas grenades and tried to scatter self-styled anarchists who set fires and hurled firebombs and stones.
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.
November 24, 1990 |
The government Friday backed a film director battling a Greek Orthodox bishop who has threatened to vandalize props and excommunicate anyone working on his movie. The bishop contends the film is unpatriotic in calling for the abolition of national borders. He also charges that a copy of the script he has seen contains erotic scenes. "The government unreservedly supports Theodore Angelopoulos. . . ,"' Culture Minister Tzannis Tzannetakis said.
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.
September 21, 1989 |
Former Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, the one-time populist hero who ruled Greece for eight years, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of illegally bugging the phones of friend and foe alike. The 300-seat Parliament voted Wednesday night that Papandreou, 70, should be tried by a special court of senior judges over allegations of widespread telephone bugging while his Socialist administration was in power.
January 16, 1987
Most of Greece came to a standstill as about 2 million workers staged a 24-hour strike against a tough government austerity program that includes a wage freeze. The job action affected almost every sector of the Greek public and private work forces, closing down most ground, sea and air transportation and causing power blackouts in Athens and other parts of the country.