Panagiotis Pipinelis

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Panagiotis Pipinelis was a diplomat, politician and, briefly, Prime Minister of Greece. He was born in Piraeus in 1899.

Pipinelis studied law and served for many years as a diplomat in various Greek embassies - Budapest (1936), Sofia (1940), etc. He became Foreign Minister between 1947-1950. In 1952, Pipinelis became the permanent representative of Greece in NATO.

He entered parliamentary politics under the banner of the National Radical Union (ERE) of Constantine Karamanlis.

In 1963, he was appointed Prime Minister of Greece for a short time. During his tenure, his main accomplishment was to change the electoral system to lessen the impact of a certain defeat for his party. In spite of this, Georgios Papandreou and the Centre Union party, in a repeat election ousted the ERE government with nearly 53% of the vote.

Pipinelis next took up office during the period of the Junta as Foreign Minister, one of the few politicians of the pre-dictatorial era to do so. He died on July 20, 1970.

His political career was first characterized by his devotion to the throne which changed when political realities changed.

Preceded by:
Constantine Karamanlis
Prime Minister of Greece
Succeeded by:
Stylianos Mavromichalis