07 March 2004

Elections in Greece

Today is election day in Greece. Funny how politics in that country tends to stay within certain families. The names Papandreou and Karamanlis have been around for some time, beginning with George's grandfather, whose name was familiar in the 1950s and '60s, and Karamanlis' uncle, who picked the country back up again after the end of the dictatorship in 1974. Now some new faces are appearing, most notably a far-right figure, Giorgos Karatzaferis, leader of the LAOS (People's Orthodox Alert) party and counterpart to France's Jean-Marie Le Pen and his Front National. What does LAOS stand for? "'Our philosophy,' said Othon Floratos, the party's director-general, 'is deeply Orthodox Christian and Greek-centric. We remember our heroes.'"

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