November 18, 1952

MANDATE TO PAPAGOS: Following the triumphant victory in Sunday’s elections and the securing of 240 seats by the Greek Rally party, the first government under Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos will be sworn in at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Yesterday at 1 p.m., the caretaker prime minister, Mr Dimitris Kiousopoulos, went to the palace at Tatoi and submitted his government’s resignation. Mr Kiousopoulos had asked for an audience with the king to inform him officially of the election result. During their talks, it was judged that the caretaker government should not remain in power, in light of the clearly expressed will of the people, and so that valuable time would not be lost that could be put to better use by the field marshal. One and a half hours later, Field Marshal Papagos was called to the palace and the king gave him the mandate to form a government. PLASTIRAS: The leader of the EPEK party, Mr Nikolaos Plastiras (…) made the following statement: «The verdict of the Greek people has put an end to political uncertainty and is respected by all. Therefore nothing remains but for us all to wish the new parliament and the new government success in their endeavors, for the good of the Greek people. (…)» KOUN ON VOICE OF AMERICA: This evening at 10.30, on the Voice of America radio station, the director of the National Theater, Mr Karolos Koun, who is in America at the moment, will speak on the subject of the modern American theater.

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