50 Years Ago Today

VOTE ON THE CONSTITUTION: The parliamentary debate on the new draft constitution resumed yesterday at 6 p.m. (…) The session was adjourned at about 3.15 a.m. Mr Spyros Markezinis said that the Greek Rally party once again declared that they did not recognize the right of the current Parliament to vote for a constitutional review. After this announcement, all the Greek Rally deputies left the House. (…) At 3.45 a.m. voting began. (…) A total of 141 deputies voted, 132 in favor of voting on a new constitution and eight against. Messrs Tsaldaris and Hamdis voted in favor of the government’s plan. The eight EDA deputies voted against it. Mr Michalis Kyrkos simply replied present. Messrs L. Karamounas of the Left Liberals and Baklatzis (independent Farmers’ Party) voted in favor. At about 4 a.m. as the voting was drawing to an end, (ailing) Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras entered the House to vote, to the applause of government deputies. AMERICAN AID: The amount of US aid to Greece has been restricted to $182 million instead of the $225 million expected by the government. There is great bitterness in political circles over this reduction. In a majority of cases, political protection is enough to render entrepreneurs untouchable.

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