Alekos (Alexandros) Alavanos (Greek: Αλέκος Αλαβάνος) is a Greek politician, member of the Hellenic Parliament, former member of the European Parliament and former president of the Synaspismos party of the radical left.
Born on May 22, 1950 in Athens, Alavanos has been politically active since his youth. During the military dictatorship of 1967-1974, Alavanos participated in the student movement against the regime; as a result his military service deferment was revoked and he was briefly incarcerated in EAT/ESA. He was continuously elected European MP from 1981 to 2004, first with the Communist Party of Greece and then with Synaspismos.
In the 2004 Greek legislative election, Alavanos was elected MP in Athens. Since Nikos Konstantopoulos, his predecessor in Synaspismos' leadership, announced his intention not to be candidate for a next term of presidency, Alavanos announced his own will to succeed him in his office. The congress of the party elected Alavanos president on December 12, 2004.
On the evening of February 7, 2008, Alekos Alavanos, the leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), bid farewell to Greek politics and called for his party to fight the dominance of PASOK and New Democracy.
Alekos Alavanos is an economist. He is married with Aikaterini Haralambaki and he is the father of two daughters.
- Alekos Alavanos, his official site in Greek
- Short biography in Greek
- Curriculum vitae on the Hellenic Parliament website, also in Greek