Konstantinos Tsaldaris

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Konstantinos Tsaldaris

Konstantinos Tsaldaris (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Τσαλδάρης) (Born 1884 in Alexandria, Egypt - Died 1970 in Athens) was a Greek politician who twice served as Prime Minister of Greece.

Tsaldaris studied Law at the University of Athens furthering his education at Berlin, London and Florence. He served as prefect ("Nomarches") between 1915 and 1917.

In 1926, he was elected to the Hellenic Parliament for the first time for Argolidocorinthia (now split into Argolis and Corinthia) with the Freethinkers' Party of Ioannis Metaxas. In 1928, he joined the People's Party whose leader was his uncle Panagis Tsaldaris. He was a member of Panagis Tsaldaris' cabinet, as Deputy Minister of Communications, from 1933 to 1935. Afterwards, he served as Deputy Minister instead of prime minister. After the death of Panagis Tsaldaris in 1936, he became a member of the governing council of the Popular Party. That same year, on August 4, the dicatorship of Ioannis Metaxas brought an end to Greek Parliamentary democracy. World War II and the German occupation followed.

Tsaldaris won the 1946 elections as leader of the coalition "United Alignment of Nationalists" and became prime minister of Greece from April 1946 through January 1947.

He was opposition leader during the governments of Dimitrios Maximos (1947), Themistoklis Sofoulis (1947-1949) and Alexandros Diomedes (1949 - 1950) before becoming Prime Minister, once again, from August 1947 until September of the same year.

With the founding of the Greek Rally of Alexandros Papagos, the People's Party lost the majority of the electorate and Tsaldaris lost the 1952 election. He joined the Democratic Union Alliance which lost to the newly-formed National Radical Union of Constantine Karamanlis, in the 1956 election.

In the 1958 election, as head of the People's Party Union Alliance, he failed to be elected and shortly afterwards left politics.

He died in Athens on November 16, 1970.


Preceded by:
Panagiotis Poulitsas
Prime Minister of Greece
1946–1947
Succeeded by:
Dimitrios Maximos
Preceded by:
Dimitrios Maximos
Prime Minister of Greece
1947
Succeeded by:
Themistoklis Sofoulis