Communist Party of Greece (Interior)

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Communist Party of Greece (Interior)
Κομμουνιστικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας Εσωτερικού
Abbreviation KKE Interior
General Secretary Babis Drakopoulos (first)
Leonidas Kyrkos (last)
Founded 1968 (1968)
Dissolved 1987 (1987)
Split from Communist Party of Greece (KKE)
Succeeded by Greek Left
KKE Interior–Renewing Left
Youth wing Greek Communist Youth – Rigas Feraios
Ideology Eurocommunism
Democratic socialism
Socialism with a human face
Politics of Greece
Political parties
Elections

The Communist Party of Greece, Interior (Greek: Κομμουνιστικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας Εσωτερικού), usually abbreviated as KKE Interior (Greek: ΚΚΕ Εσωτερικού), was a eurocommunist party existing between 1968 and 1987 in Greece.

The party was formed after the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) suffered a major split following the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia throwing down the Prague Spring. KKE Interior essentially broke ties with KKE's ideological supervision by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and later established bonds with parties such as the Italian Communist Party (PCI), adopting a Eurocommunist perspective. The party also opted for a "Renewal of the Left" and embraced the concept of Socialism with a human face.

KKE Interior was greatly active in the struggle against the Regime of the Colonels that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974 through the Panhellenic Antidictatorial Front (abbrev. ΠΑΜ) and its youth wing, the Greek Communist Youth – Rigas Feraios (el). During the period that followed the collapse of the Regime of the Colonels, known as the Metapolitefsi, the party remained electorally active, either on its own or in broader leftist coalitions. KKE Interior was dissolved some months after its 4th Congress in 1986, splitting into two: the Communist Party of Greece (Interior)-Renewing Left and the Greek Left.

Electoral results[edit]

Results from 1977 to 1985
(year links to election page)
Year Parliament Votes % Seats
1977
Hellenic Parliament
139,356
2.72
2
1981
European Parliament
275.731
5.15
1
1981
Hellenic Parliament
76,404
1.34
0
1984
European Parliament
203.813
3.42
1
1985
Hellenic Parliament
117,135
1.8
1