Greece: Slap for the Center

Prime Minister George Papandreou's lure for leftist support in last February's national elections was a pledge to repeal anti-Communist legislation en acted between 1946 and 1949 when Communist guerrillas tried to seize power. Sure enough, Papandreou's Cen ter Union, having garnered 173 seats in Greece's 300-member Parliament, rammed through a bill to free most Communist prisoners convicted of sedition and murder, abolish political deportations, and deprive the police of power to withhold work permits on political grounds.

In municipal elections last week, Papandreou's more liberal policies toward the left were put to the test, and the ruling Center Union emerged...

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