January 23, 1960

FARMERS’ PENSIONS: Parliament yesterday voted that the submission of draft laws was unconstitutional following controversy during a debate on proposals by the Liberal Democratic Party headed by Georgios Papandreou and the United Democratic Left (EDA) to grant old-age pensions to farmers. When the speaker of the House declared the debate over, EDA deputies created a scene over how the vote was to be cast. The speaker wanted deputies to vote yea or nay, but the opposition rejected this. When the vote began, the opposition deputies began to protest and eventually left the hall, led by the party leaders. The speaker then changed the vote to a show of hands. FRANCE: Paris, 22 – French President General Charles de Gaulle took a decisive stand today against the leaders of the uprising in Algeria. General Jacques Massu was removed from his post as commander in chief of the French forces there and, according to sources, is being held in the military academy. Copies of two Parisian newspapers have been seized in Algeria, as they contained reports on Massu. According to an official government announcement, de Gaulle is to go to Algeria on February 5 for talks with army officials and representatives of the Algerian people.

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