September 23, 1996 in Nation/World

Socialists Maintain Control In Greece

Compiled From Wire Services

The governing Socialists were headed toward winning a clear parliamentary majority Sunday in nationwide elections that Premier Costas Simitis called early to get a fresh political mandate.

Simitis replaced Premier Andreas Papandreou as Socialist party leader after Papandreou died in June. The Socialists did not have to call an election until next year, but Simitis sought clear public backing of his own.

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