June 14, 1953

‘MARKEZINIS GOVERNMENT:’ The closure of Parliament has led to protests on the part of the opposition. The co-leader of the Liberal party, Mr Georgios Papandreou, yesterday invited foreign correspondents to a press conference, where he made the following statement: «This coup d’etat is due to the phobia that the Minister for Coordination has about appearing in Parliament and accounting for his economic policy, and his mission to the United States. However, the fact that the Prime Minister has become such an instrument of his Coordination Minister that he is capable of signing such a decree, is unfortunately just one more indication that we do not have a government run by Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos, but a government run by Markezinis. However, the Greek people neither voted for, nor do they approve of a Markezinis government. Harmony between the people and the government has been disturbed, something which should be of concern to the head of state.» MARKEZINIS AILING: The acute gastric infection suffered by the coordination minister appears to be abating gradually, and there has been a considerable improvement in his health. END TO STRIKES: Contacts between the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) and the government have been restored and the strikes have been canceled.

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