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The Minister in Greece (Capps) to the Secretary of State

241. Decree of Regent on behalf of Ministry gazetted today postponing elections one week until November 14th in order to permit full and free discussion of dynastic problem now confronting Greece. Prince Paul acting in harmony with Opposition, which is avowedly Constantinist in sentiment, accepts invitation to throne on condition that people first make clear by plebiscite that they do not desire either Constantine or former Crown Prince George as their King. Venizelos Party declines to submit this question to plebiscite but asks electors for vote of confidence at the coming elections on the [Page 706]basis of the Ministry’s interpretation of the constitutional situation in accordance with which they have invited Paul to the throne.

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