1974 Greek legislative election

Parliamentary elections were held in Greece on 17 November 1974.[1] They were the first after the end of the military junta of 1967–1974, and took place during the metapolitefsi era. The winner was Konstantinos Karamanlis and his newly formed conservative party, New Democracy. Karamanlis had already formed a government of national unity just after the fall of the dictatorship. The second-largest party was the centrist Center Union – New Forces. The third party in the Parliament became the newly-formed Panhellenic Socialist Movement, a radical socialist party led by Andreas Papandreou, son of the former Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou.

1974 Greek legislative election

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All 300 seats in the Hellenic Parliament
151 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  KaramanlisNatsinasAgora crop.jpg GEORGIOS MAVROS.jpg
Leader Konstantinos Karamanlis Georgios Mavros
Party ND EK–ND
Seats won 220 60
Popular vote 2,669,133 1,002,559
Percentage 54.37% 20.42%

  Third party Fourth party
  Andreas Papandreou.jpg
Leader Andreas Papandreou Ilias Iliou
Seats won 12 8
Popular vote 666,413 464,787
Percentage 13.58% 9.47%

Prime Minister before election

Konstantinos Karamanlis

Prime Minister after election

Konstantinos Karamanlis


New Democracy2,669,13354.37220
Centre Union – New Forces1,002,55920.4260
Panhellenic Socialist Movement666,41313.5812
United Left464,7879.478
National Democratic Union52,7681.070
Democratic Centre Union8,5090.170
Revolutionary Communist Movement1,5390.030
Liberal Democratic Union–Socialist Party9750.020
Valid votes4,908,97498.90
Invalid/blank votes54,5841.10
Total votes4,963,558100.00
Registered voters/turnout6,241,06679.53
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


These were the priorities of the Karamanlis's government:

  • The adoption of a new constitution
  • The abolition of the monarchy after a free referendum
  • The submission of a new application for Greece to join the European Community.

The new government decided on a referendum on retaining the republic, which was held on 8 December 1974.

In 1975 Konstantinos Tsatsos, a close friend of Karamanlis, was elected President of the Republic by parliament.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p830 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7

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