Alexis Tsipras

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Alexis Tsipras is a Greek engineer, politician and former Prime Minister. He is the head of the political party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and former head of the Coalition of the Left, of Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos).

Tsipras was born on July 28 1974 in Athens. He studied engineering at the National Metsovian Polytechnic School and is a civil engineer by profession.

As a student, Tsipras joined the Communist Youth (KNE) and took part in the student uprisings of 1990-1991. In 1999, he was elected chairman of the youth movement of Synaspismos. In December 2004, he was elected to the Central Political Committee of the party.

In October 2006, Tsipras was elected to the Athens City Council. In February 2008, at age 33, he succeeded Alekos Alavanos as head of the Coalition of the Left, of Movements and Ecology (Synaspismos) and also the political alliance Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) of which Synaspismos was the largest and dominant party.

Tsipras was first elected to the Hellenic Parliament in October 2009 from the First District of Athens. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2015.

On January 25, 2015, Tsipras led to reformed, unitary SYRIZA to victory in the legislative elections, winning 36.34% of the vote and 149 seats in the Hellenic Parliament. He was sworn in on the next day as head of a coalition with the Independent Greeks, breaking tradition by taking a civil oath without the presence of Athens Archbishop Ieronymos II.

Tsipras' term in office was marred by two additional memorandums necessitated from the creditors of Greece, much austerity imposed on workers and retirees and a very unpopular treaty agreed to with the FYR of "Macedonia".

He was defeated for re-election, in 2019, by Kyriakos Mitsotakis.


Tsipras lives with his partner Betty Baziana. The couple have a son who was born in May 2010.[1]

Preceded by:
Antonis Samaras
Prime Minister of Greece
2015 - 2019
Succeeded by:
Kyriakos Mitsotakis


  1. Έγινε πατέρας ο Αλέξης Τσίπρας (in Greek)