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Eleftherios Venizelos

( Ex-Prime Minister of Greece.)

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Biography Eleftherios Venizelos
(1864-1936)
He was born near Crete has been profound on August 23, 1864. After graduating in 1886, University of Athens returned to Crete, who was then under Turkish rule. He worked as a lawyer. In 1888 he was elected to the National Assembly of Crete. The uprising in 1897 led to the withdrawal of Turkish troops from the island; Venizelos led the new National Assembly of the island. In 1910 he became Prime Minister of Greece. His government held a constitutional revision, has implemented a number of civilian and military reforms and created the Balkan Christian Union. As a result of the Balkan wars in 1913 to Greece were annexed Crete, southern Macedonia, Epirus and southern Aegean. Venizelos was forced to resign after the landing of Germany and Austro-Bulgarian troops in Salonika and led a failed plot to overthrow progermanski minded King Constantine I. In October 1916 he returned to Thessaloniki, where a provisional government, and June 16, 1917 with the support of France and Britain forced Constantine to the link and head a new government in Athens, Greece. The throne took the second son of Constantine Alexander, and became Prime Minister Venizelos, declared war on Central Powers.
Venizelos was defeated in elections in November 1920 and returned to political life after the abdication of King Constantine in 1922. In 1923 he represented Greece at the conference in Lausanne in 1924 and 1928 re-elected Prime Minister. Organized by the supporters of Venizelos coup to prevent the restoration of the monarchy failed, and Venizelos fled to France. He was sentenced to death, but fell under the amnesty announced by the new King George II.

Venizelos died in Paris on 18 March 1936.


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