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    Greece Government - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/greece/greece_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name
      conventional long form: Hellenic Republic
      conventional short form: Greece
      local short form: Ellas or Ellada
      former: Kingdom of Greece
      local long form: Elliniki Dhimokratia

      Government type parliamentary republic; monarchy rejected by referendum 8 December 1974

      Capital Athens

      Administrative divisions 51 prefectures (nomoi, singular - nomos)and 1 autonomous region*; Agion Oros* (Mt. Athos), Achaia, Aitolia kai Akarmania, Argolis, Arkadia, Arta, Attiki, Chalkidiki, Chanion, Chios, Dodekanisos, Drama, Evros, Evrytania, Evvoia, Florina, Fokidos, Fthiotis, Grevena, Ileia, Imathia, Ioannina, Irakleion, Karditsa, Kastoria, Kavala, Kefallinia, Kerkyra, Kilkis, Korinthia, Kozani, Kyklades, Lakonia, Larisa, Lasithi, Lefkas, Lesvos, Magnisia, Messinia, Pella, Pieria, Preveza, Rethynnis, Rodopi, Samos, Serrai, Thesprotia, Thessaloniki, Trikala, Voiotia, Xanthi, Zakynthos

      Independence 1829 (from the Ottoman Empire)

      National holiday Independence Day, 25 March (1821)

      Constitution 11 June 1975; amended March 1986 and April 2001

      Legal system based on codified Roman law; judiciary divided into civil, criminal, and administrative courts

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal and compulsory

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Konstandinos (Kostis) STEPHANOPOULOS (since 10 March 1995)
      elections: president elected by Parliament for a five-year term; election last held 8 February 2000 (next to be held by NA February 2005); prime minister appointed by the president
      head of government: Prime Minister Konstandinos SIMITIS (since 19 January 1996)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister
      election results: Konstandinos STEPHANOPOULOS reelected president; percent of Parliament vote - 90%

      Legislative branch unicameral Parliament or Vouli ton Ellinon (300 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: elections last held 9 April 2000 (next to be held by NA April 2004)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PASOK 43.8%, ND 42.7%, KKE 5.5%, Coalition of the Left and Progress 3.2%; seats by party - PASOK 158, ND 125, KKE 11, Coalition of the Left and Progress 6; note - seats by party as of January 2002 - PASOK 156, ND 122, KKE 11, Coalition of the Left and Progress 6, independents 5

      Judicial branch Supreme Judicial Court; Special Supreme Tribunal; all judges appointed for life by the president after consultation with a judicial council

      Political parties and leaders Coalition of the Left and Progress (Synaspismos) [Nikolaos KONSTANDOPOULOS]; Communist Party of Greece or KKE [Aleka PAPARIGA]; New Democracy or ND (conservative) [Konstandinos KARAMANLIS]; Panhellenic Socialist Movement or PASOK [Konstandinos SIMITIS]

      Political pressure groups and leaders NA

      International organization participation Australia Group, BIS, BSEC, CCC, CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECE, EIB, EMU, EU, FAO, G- 6, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MINURSO, NAM (guest), NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNMEE, UNMIBH, UNMIK, UNOMIG, UPU, WEU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO, ZC

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Alexandros PHILON; note - expected to be replaced by Yeorgios SAVVAIDHIS in 2002
      consulate(s): Atlanta, Houston, and New Orleans
      consulate(s) general: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
      FAX: [1] (202) 939-5824
      telephone: [1] (202) 939-5800
      chancery: 2221 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Thomas J. MILLER
      embassy: 91 Vassilissis Sophias Boulevard, GR-10160 Athens
      mailing address: PSC 108, APO AE 09842-0108
      telephone: [30] (10) 721-2951
      FAX: [30] (10) 645-6282
      consulate(s) general: Thessaloniki

      Flag description nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white; there is a blue square in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a white cross; the cross symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of the country

      NOTE: The information regarding Greece on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Greece Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greece Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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