March 24, 1958

PURGES IN BULGARIA II: Vienna (The Times – Kathimerini) – The Bulgarian Communist Party is continuing its campaign against dissident intellectuals, leading to staff shortages at universities, scientific institutes and related party organizations. Distinguished communist professors and members of the Academy of Sciences and the Karl Marx Institute of Political Economy, as well as at the agricultural colleges and the official newspaper are being attacked for ignoring or abandoning strict orthodoxy. MITSOTAKIS: Speaking in Parliament on the new electoral law, member of the Liberals Constantine Mitsotakis said the country continued to be under a regime of interventions from above that obstructs the normal development of political life. Furthermore, he said the only way for the country to escape from the vicious circle in which it finds itself and for Greek political mores to really calm down is to hold an election, at some point, with the system of proportional representation. He himself would prefer the single-member constituency system with 150 deputies. Mitsotakis argued that our political life was being conducted between two clashing rocks, that is, between nepotism and popular fronts, and that nepotism was the best recruiter and ally of those fronts.

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