George Papandreou


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Papandreou, George

 

Born Feb. 13, 1888, in Patrai (Pa-tras); died Nov. 1, 1968, in Athens. Greek state and political figure.

A lawyer by training, Papandreou served as nomarch of Lesbos in 1915. From 1917 to 1920 he was governor-general of Chios. In the same period he became a prominent member of the Liberal Party, founded in 1910. Papandreou was repeatedly a member of the government between 1923 and 1933. He was arrested after the establishment of J. Metaxas’ fascist dictatorship on Aug. 4, 1936. In April 1944, Papandreou became prime minister of the Greek government-in-exile in Cairo.

After the conclusion of the Lebanon Agreement of 1944, Papandreou became the head of the so-called government of national unity, which in 1945 disarmed and disbanded the Greek National Popular Liberation Army. Between 1946 and 1951 he held several ministerial posts, and from 1954 to 1957 he was chairman of the Liberal Party. In 1961 he united a bloc of bourgeois parties into the Center Union Party and became its leader. After the Center Union won the parliamentary elections of 1963 and 1964, he was prime minister, serving in that capacity in November and December 1963 and from February to July 1965. On July 15, 1965, Papandreou resigned under pressure from the royal court. During the military coup d’etat of Apr. 21, 1967, he was arrested but was soon released.

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ATyNA (CyHAN)- Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced his new party on Saturday, the Movement of Democrat Socialists, three weeks before national elections which will be held on October 25.
Amman, June 2 (Petra) -- The Interior Minister discussed on Monday with the former Greek Prime Minister and President of Socialist International, George Papandreou, and the accompanying delegation, the latest developments in the Middle East, mainly the crisis in Syria and the consequent repercussions regarding security, political, economic and humanitarian aspects.
And while we are optimistically waiting for the pleasant surprise from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy Matthew Nimetz, they will repeat the same messages and we will measure every word, scratch every new visit and meeting only for them to tell us at the end in few years that we have missed another opportunity such as George Papandreou, Kostovska concludes.
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Although Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced the decision of the Hague Court in the name issue between Macedonia and Greece, neither Macedonia nor Greece know for certain when this verdict will be pronounced.
In his Tuesday statement, Rehn further described the earlier intention voiced by Greek PM George Papandreou to hold a referendum on the austerity and rescue plan as "breach of trust.
ATHENS, Dhu-AlHijjah 10, 1432, Nov 6, 2011, SPA -- Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said he would not head a new coalition government, which could be agreed with the opposition as early as Sunday, Reuters quoted a statement from his office as saying.
Lucas Papademos will be as of tomorrow the new prime minister of the country after the agreement that the outgoing Prime Minister George Papandreou and the opposition head Antonis Samaras reached last night," centre-left daily Ta Nea wrote, without quoting sources.
Summary: Greek politicians are ironing out the details of a coalition government after Prime Minister George Papandreou agreed to step down.
GREEK leaders have agreed to form a new coalition government - but it will not be led by beleaguered Prime Minister George Papandreou.