February 28, 1956

GEORGE PAPANDREOU: The leader of the Liberals, Mr George Papandreou, commenting on recent statements by Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis to the effect that the opposition should keep its head and a sense of responsibility, reiterated that the National Radical Union (ERE) had gained the minority of votes in the recent election, receiving 1,482,688 votes against 1,616,007 votes for the Democratic Union, therefore the head of ERE should not be given a mandate to form a government since that would violate the very essence of democracy, which holds that the majority rules. MAKARIOS: Nicosia, 27 – This evening the Ethnarch of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios was called upon by the British assistant undersecretary of state at the Colonial Office, John Martin, whose arrival had not been announced. Makarios met yesterday with the secretary of state for the colonies, Alan Lennox-Boyd. MILTIADES PORPHYROGENIS: Volos, 27 – Last night a rumor was circulating here that Miltiadis Porphyrogenis, one of the leaders of the Communist Party of Greece, had died behind the Iron Curtain.

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