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    Greece Government - 2004
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    SOURCE: 2004 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); president appoints leader of the party securing plurality of vote in election
      head of government: Prime Minister Konstandinos KARAMANLIS (since NA March 2004)
      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 7 March 2004 (next to be held by March 2008)
      election results: percent of vote by party - ND 45.4%, PASOK 40.6%, KKE 5.9%, Synaspismos 3.3%; seats by party - ND 165, PASOK 117, KKE 12, Synaspismos 6

      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 KONSTANTOPOULOS]; Communist Party of Greece or KKE [Aleka PAPARIGA]; New Democracy or ND (conservative) [Konstandinos KARAMANLIS]; Panhellenic Socialist Movement or PASOK [Yiorgos PAPANDREOU]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      Australia Group, BIS, BSEC, CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, EIB, EMU, EU, FAO, G- 6, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, 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, UNMEE, UNMIK, UNOMIG, UPU, WCO, WEU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO, ZC

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Yeoryios SAVVAIDIS
      consulate(s): Atlanta, Houston, and New Orleans
      consulate(s) general: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
      FAX: [1] (202) 939-1324
      telephone: [1] (202) 939-1300
      chancery: 2221 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Thomas J. MILLER
      embassy: 91 Vasilissis Sophias Avenue, 101 60 Athens
      mailing address: PSC 108, APO AE 09842-0108
      telephone: [30] (210) 721-2951
      FAX: [30] (210) 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 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Greece Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Greece Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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