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Greek women were the last to gain suffrage in the Balkans

27 May 2014 / 10:05:39  GRReporter
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    Home of democracy, Greece, was the last that granted suffrage to women in the country because of the large number of wars and the subsequent political instability. Due to the opposing political forces after the end of the Civil War in Greece, its governments did not remain in power for long, and a total of 17 different governments ruled Greece in the period from 1945 to 1952. In 1952, when the government of Dimitrios Kiosopoulos was in power, it adopted a new constitution that made voting in Greece compulsory and the elections were held under the new electoral law that introduced the majoritarian voting system.
    It laid the beginning of the new order in society and on 28 May 1952, Greek women were granted suffrage. Under the new law, they had the right to elect and be elected in local and parliamentary elections. However, they failed to participate in the elections for a new government the same November as their registration on the electoral roll was delayed. The Third Hellenic Republic in 1974 put an end to the discrimination against women in education and various professional fields only after 1975, when it introduced the constitutional equality of women and men in Greece.
    Today, 39 years later, democracy in Greece has come to such a development that it makes it possible even for a foreigner, Bulgarian Kostadinka Kuneva, to be elected a Member of the European Parliament on the ticket of the Greek SYRIZA party.

Tags: Voting rightsConstitutional equality between men and womenBalkan PeninsulaKemal Ataturk
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