Communist Party of Greece of the Interior

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The Communist Party of Greece of the Interior (Greek Κομμουνιστικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας Εσωτερικού), usually abbreviated as KKE Interior (Greek: ΚΚΕ Εσωτερικού) was a communist political party in Greece led by Leonidas Kyrkos.

The party was formed after a major split of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in 1968. KKE Interior essentially broke ties with KKE's ideological supervision by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and later established bonds with Western European communist parties, 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 Organization of Youth Rigas Feraios (abbrev. ΕΚΟΝ Ρήγας Φεραίος). 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

Results from 1977-1985
Year Type of Elections Votes % Seats
1977 Parliamentary 139,356 2.72% 2
1981 European 275,731 5.15% 1
1981 Parliamentary 76,404 1.34% 0
1984 European 203,813 3.42% 1
1985 Parliamentary 117,135 1.84% 1