Salonica (May. 27)
M. Mayados, a candidate in the electoral division of Salonica, filed a protest against the results of the elections on March 5 in Salonica, immediately after the elections, basing his protest on the grounds that the separate electoral college for the Jews is unconstitutional. The electoral tribunal at Athens has now accepted the protest and has annulled the elections under article 4 of the Athenian Treaty of November, 1913, in accordance with which the Jews of Salonica acquired Greek nationality with all its attendant rights and obligations. The decision of the tribunal was by a vote of 7 to 3. It will be communicated to the Minister of the Interior, who will proclaim new elections in a month’s time. Jews and Christians will then vote together.
A protest against the result of the elections of Sept. 25, 1932, based on the same arguments, was rejected by the tribunal.
The invalidity of the elections of Salonica have made a profound impression throughout the country.
The electoral battle, both legislative and electoral, which will take place at the same time at Salonica, has already begun. The opposition parties, the most important of which is the Venizelist party, are dissatisfied with the abolition of the separate electoral college. In certain circles of the opposition the idea has been entertained of conducting the battle on religious grounds. If this idea is adopted, the opposition bloc will form a Christian list and fight the Government candidates with an anti-Jewish program. No decision has as yet been taken, however, on this point.
The Government party will include three Jewish candidates in their lists.