June 12, 1959

MITSOTAKIS AND MAVROS: The long-running crisis among the Liberals and the opposition from some cadres against the irregular appointment by the party’s parliamentary group of Sophocles Venizelos as party leader, reached a head yesterday at a meeting of the party’s legislative body. The latest wrangle was provoked by the replacement of the deputy for Hania, Constantinos Mitsotakis, by order of Venizelos. Citing party regulations, Mitsotakis immediately asked for the reason for his replacement and declared that although he was a registered member of the party, he did not recognize Venizelos as party leader. Georgios Mavros made a similar statement, saying that he belonged to the party but not to its parliamentary group. A fierce debate broke out between the two factions in the party. DISAPPEARANCE OF THE ILISSOS RIVER: The committee for the protection of the Attic landscape has sent the government a lengthy resolution saying the Ilissos River should not be converted into an avenue for transport or tourism purposes, as there are important ruins on its banks that have not yet been excavated.