It was a dark chapter in the history of Greece as, after Papandreou's resignation, all the governments that were formed in succession by MPs of the Enosis Kentrou
party came about through bribery and the promise of political positions.
The then prime minister, George Papandreou, the leader of the Enosis Kentrou
party, was in effect sacked by King Constantine when he decided to take over the ministry of defence, as was his constitutional right.
Yes, we Cypriots are the victims of the apostasy of 1965 in Greece, when a few members of parliament defected from Enosis Kentrou
, the party of George Papandreou (1888-1968), diminishing public order in the process.
Shortly after Makarios' death in 1977 and Kyprianou's ascension to the Presidency, Tassos responded with the creation of his own party -- Enosis Kentrou, Greek for 'Union of the Centre'.
The leader of the flailing Enosis Kentrou had been just about ready to pack it in, seeing his political career not going anywhere -- his party had won a paltry 2.74 per cent in the only legislative elections it entered, winning no seats.
There is no doubt among pundits that Tassos Papadopoulos' old party, Enosis Kentrou, has heavily imbued DIKO with its politics, and it seems paradoxical to expect that a party that failed in the 1980s could fare better in the 2010s.
In 1983, for example - on the day of the presidential elections, when Kyprianou was seeking re-election - Kirykas newspaper, the mouthpiece of Tassos Papadopoulos' Enosis Kentrou
(union of the centre) party, published on its front page a medical prescription for 1,680 sedative pills for Kyprianou.