September 26, 1952

INITIATIVE: At the initiative of the Head of State, the political uncertainty looks likely to end once and for all within the next week with the formation of a caretaker government in view of elections to be held in November. Extremely reliable sources confirm that in his meeting yesterday at the Tatoi Palace with Deputy Prime Minister Sophocles Venizelos, King Pavlos made it quite clear that he intended to dissolve Parliament immediately after the the electoral law was passed, and to hold elections. PRIME MINISTER VISITS AMBASSADOR: Prime Minister Nikolaos Plastiras went to the US Embassy yesterday afternoon to meet with American Ambassador John Peurifoy to wish him farewell on the occasion of his departure for the USA. It was made known that Mr Plastiras categorically assured the ambassador that there was no other alternative but to hold elections. (…) As Mr Plastiras was leaving, Mr Peurifoy accompanied him to his automobile and embraced him. DISSOLUTION OF EDA: Mr Plastiras is hesitant to order the dissolution of the United Democratic Left (EDA). However, Mr Venizelos has stated that in the event that it is disbanded, a law should be passed so that any other party that might succeed it would not be able to contest the elections unless it officially denounced the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

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