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Greek legislative election, December 1915

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Parliamentary elections were held in Greece on 19 December [O.S. 6 December] 1915. 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 on 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.

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Greek legislative election, December 1915 Wikipedia


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