February 15, 1956

KARAMANLIS’S CAMPAIGN: Last night the prime minister and head of the National Radical Union party (ERE), Mr Constantine Karamanlis, concluded his election campaign around the country. He made a total of seven trips over 18 days outside Athens to all corners of Greece. (…) Neither bad weather, snow nor stormy seas prevented him from completing his entire schedule. He ate wherever he happened to be, in the car or train, often eating just bread and cheese. He stopped smoking, although he was never a heavy smoker, because, along with the cold, it affected his voice, so he was at risk of not being heard by the crowds. (…) Mr Karamanlis visited 65 towns, including 41 out of the total 50 prefecture capitals. He made a total of 75 speeches, each lasting 45 minutes to one hour. He also addressed about 200 gatherings in smaller towns and villages. (…) He traveled a total of 8,000 kilometers, 3,500 of them by rail, 2,500 by car, 1,500 by sea and 500 by air. On the way he encountered storms, blizzards, snow and rough seas. Mr Karamanlis will address a rally in Athens tomorrow.

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