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Greek legislative election, December 1915

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Greek legislative election, December 1915

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Greece

Parliamentary elections were held in Greece on 6 December 1915.[1] They were boycotted by Eleftherios Venizelos and his party, the Liberal Party as a result of a confrontation with King Constantine I over the country's participation in World War I. Venizelos considered Greece as a close and loyal ally of the United Kingdom, while Constantine I, who was affiliated with the German royal family, favored neutrality.

Although the electoral body supported Venizelos, Constantine insisted in his position and did not hesitate to confront the democratically elected government. Venizelos resigned and withdrew temporarily from the political fore, leading the crisis to its worst point.

Only right-wing parties participated in the elections. In a few months the crisis would almost become a civil war (the "National Schism") between the supporters of Venizelos, who created their own government in Thessaloniki, while the official government of Athens remained under the control of Constantine.

Results

Party Votes % Seats
Nationalists 256
Supporters of Georgios Theotokis 21
Supporters of Dimitrios Rallis 18
Supporters of Dimitrakopoulus 5
Supporters of Ion Dragoumis 5
Northern Epirus Independents 19
Independents 11
Total 334,945 335
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p829 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
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