chapter  7
20 Pages

Descent to Civil War, April 1946–March 1947

The government formed after the election was solidly monarchist, and drawn mainly from the Populist Party, of which Konstantinos Tsaldares - nephew of the pre-war party leader, and faithful to the king during the occupation - was elected leader. The spirit of the new regime was vindic­ tive and partisan. It was responsive to the monarchist majority of deputies, who insisted on tough measures to check what they saw as a slide towards anarchy, yet shouted down those who called for measures against rightwing terrorism. At least three of the deputies had commanded collaborationist troops during the enemy occupation, and at least one min­ ister had been closely associated with collaborators. The extremist deputies led by Zervas were ready to repudiate the government if it responded to British counsels of restraint.1