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|Merger of||Liberal Party |
Progressive Agricultural Democratic Union
National Progressive Center Union
Popular Social Party
|Succeeded by||Centre Union – New Forces |
The party was elected to power in 1963, with Papandreou as Prime Minister. In 1965, King Constantine forced Papandreou from the office following the Apostasia of 1965 plan, designed by him and executed by Center Union's politician Konstantinos Mitsotakis. He then formed a new government using the apostates, ex-members of EK, and installed Georgios Athanasiadis-Novas as prime minister. Athanasiadis attempted to gain a vote of confidence in parliament, but the EK party was split in two, and a political crisis ensued that led to the period of the Greek military junta of 1967–74.
The Centre Union Party was the last Venizelist party to hold power in Greece. The party nominally continued to exist until 1977 (after the Junta it was known as the Center Union – New Forces), when its successor Union of the Democratic Centre (EDIK) party was created. Konstantinos Mitsotakis, who had defected from the EK in 1965, formed a rival Venizelist party, known as the "Party of New Liberals", which merged with New Democracy in 1978.
|Year||Party Leader||Number of votes||Percentage of votes||Seats in the
|Position in Parliament|
100 / 300
138 / 300
171 / 300
- Richard Clogg, "Η Ένωση Κέντρου. Οι φιλελεύθεροι στην εξουσία;", in: Φιλελευθερισμός στην Ελλάδα. Φιλελεύθερη θεωρία και πρακτική στην πολιτική και στην κοινωνία της Ελλάδος, ed. Vivliopolion tis Estias, Athens, 1991, pp. 119–130.