OPINION

50 Years Ago Today

KARAMANLIS: The former minister and parliamentary deputy Constantine Karamanlis, at the invitation of the US government., left yesterday (November 13) by air for Washington. Mr Karamanlis will stay in the United States for three months, to take advantage of the opportunity afforded by the invitation to have contacts with various politicians. Before his departure, Mr Karamanlis had a meeting with the leader of the Greek Rally party, Field Marshal Papagos, and the US Ambassador in Athens Mr John Purifoy. CERTIFICATES OF POLITICAL CONVICTIONS: Interior Minister Ioannis Rendis has issued an order to the governors of the gendarmerie and urban police force, according to which certificates of political convictions are only required from now on in certain cases (in the public sector, banks and cooperatives), as well as to obtain a driver’s license and permission to emigrate. The order also states that it is against the law and against civil rights to demand these certificates for bank loans, to apply for wood to house fire victims or for the homeless, or to apply for benefits by tuberculosis patients. Therefore communists, ex-convicts, former political exiles and communists who have been granted an amnesty will be able to obtain employment in the private sector without producing these certificates.