September 5, 1952

CONFUSION: Despite the many recent reassurances that there is full agreement within the government on the question of electoral reform, an issue that is currently under debate, the confusion prevailing within the government ranks became clearly evident yesterday evening when the interior minister, Mr K. Rendis, presented the parliament speaker, Mr Gontikas, with two new electoral bills – the one proposing a majority system and the other a simple proportional system. (…) These two bills were then tabled yesterday after a lengthy discussion between the palace director, Mr G. Ventiris, and Mr Rendis. Earlier yesterday, there had been a meeting between Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras, Deputy Prime Minister Sophocles Venizelos, the coordination minister, Mr G. Kartalis, and Mr Rendis. ON ALERT: Yesterday there was a report that a unit of the Athens guard had been put on the alert, which is still in effect. Military officials were not able to explain this action by the military chiefs. RHODES FESTIVAL: Today, tomorrow and Sunday, the Medieval Festival is taking place on the island of Rhodes with the participation of the National Theater, the Nichols dance company, an orchestra directed by Mr M. Dounias and the Greek Lyceum. The National Theater will perform Hortatzis’s play «Erofili,» directed by A. Solomos, in the forecourt of Rhodes’s castle. NEW BOOKS: «Yugoslav Socialism» a political study by A. Grigoroyiannis, Athens 1952.

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