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Freethinkers' Party

Freethinker's Party

Κόμμα των Ελευθεροφρόνων
LeaderIoannis Metaxas
FoundedNovember 1922
Dissolved4 August 1936
Split fromPeople's Party
HeadquartersAthens, Greece
NewspaperNea Imera
IdeologyGreek nationalism
Agrarianism
Monarchism
Metaxism[1]
Political positionFar-right
ReligionGreek Orthodox
International affiliationNone
Colours     Black
Party flag
Freethinkers Party flag.png
[2]

The Freethinkers' Party (Greek: Κόμμα των Ελευθεροφρόνων) was a Greek nationalist and monarchist party founded and led by Ioannis Metaxas who was the Prime Minister and dictator of Greece from 1936 to 1941.[3] It was formally founded in November 1922 after the adoption of the party's manifesto that was unveiled on 13 October 1922.[4] Metaxas had the party and all other parties dissolved following the establishment of the 4th of August Regime, in which he ruled as an official independent.[5]

The first programmatic declaration of the party was published in the daily Nea Imera on 13 October 1922.

Electoral results

Results 1926–1936
(year links to election page)
Year Type of Election Votes % Mandates
1926
General
151,660
15.78
52 / 286
1928
General
53,958
5.3
1 / 250
1929
Senate
22,518
2.73
2 / 92
1932
General
18,591
1.59
3 / 254
1933
General
25,758
2.3
6 / 248
1936
General
50,137
3.9
7 / 300

References

  1. ^ www.ioannismetaxas.gr/Komma%20Eleftherofronon.pdf
  2. ^ [metaxas-project.com]
  3. ^ Peter Davies, Derek Lynch. The Routledge companion to fascism and the far right. London, England, UK; New York, New York, USA: Routledge, 2002. Pp. 276.
  4. ^ Marina Petrakis. The Metaxas Myth: Dictatorship and Propaganda in Greece. London, England, UK; New York, New York, USA: I. B. Taurus, 2006. Pp. 18.
  5. ^ Jürgen Fischer. Balkan strongmen: dictators and authoritarian rulers of South Eastern Europe. London, England, UK: Purdue University Press, 2007. Pp. 181.