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    Greece The Constitution of 1975
    Source: The Library of Congress Country Studies

    In 1975 a new constitution was promulgated to establish Greece as a republic with a political structure modelled on that of France (see The Branches of Government , ch. 4). The constitution invested great power in the president, who is obligated to choose as prime minister the leader of the party gaining the most seats in parliamentary elections. Until the constitution was amended in 1986, the president could veto legislation, dissolve parliament, and call for a direct vote of no confidence in parliament (see The Presidency , ch. 4). The sharp escalation of executive authority was controversial, but Karamanlis declared strong presidential powers necessary to deal with extraordinary episodes of Greece's political conflict. The five-year administration of Konstantinos Tsatsos, the first president under the new constitution, passed without his using the considerable powers that had been given to his office.

    Data as of December 1994

    NOTE: The information regarding Greece on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Greece The Constitution of 1975 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greece The Constitution of 1975 should be addressed to the Library of Congress.

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