Prokopis Pavlopoulos

From Phantis
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Prokopis K. Pavlopoulos (born July 10 1950 in Kalamata[1].) is a Greek lawyer, university professor and politician.

On February 18, 2015, he was elected President of the Hellenic Republic, replacing Karolos Papoulias.

Academic career

Pavlopoulos was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Paris II in 1986. He was elected Lecturer at the University of Athens in 1980 and was promoted to Reader in 1981. In 1983 he became Assistant Professor and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1986. In 1989, he was elected (Full) Professor of Administrative Law.[1]

Political career

Pavlopoulos was secretary to Greek President Michail Stasinopoulos in 1974.[1][2] From November 1989 to April 1990, he served as alternate Minister for the Presidency and government spokesman in the all-party government headed by Xenophon Zolotas.[2] He served as legal adviser to President Konstantinos Karamanlis from 1990 to 1995, and political advisor to Miltiades Ewert, then chairman of New Democracy, from September 1995.[1][2] He was elected as a State MP for the New Democracy party in the 1996 parliamentary election, and in the 2000 parliamentary election he was elected as an MP for the Athens A constituency. He was appointed as New Democracy's Press and Information Spokesman by Ewert on April 20 1996; he subsequently became its Parliamentary Spokesman on April 14 2000.[1][2] Following the March 2004 legislative election, which was won by New Democracy, Pavlopoulos became Minister for the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation in the new government of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis on March 10, 2004.[2][3] In the government appointed following New Democracy's victory in the September 2007 parliamentary election, the Interior Ministry was merged with the Ministry of Public Order, and Pavlopoulos became Minister of the Interior and Public Order.[4]

He is a member of the Central Committee of New Democracy, and on July 29 2004 he was designated as a member of the party's Political Council as one of seven MP candidates; no vote was necessary because there were only seven MP seats available on the Council.[5]

On February 17, 2015, he was designated as PM Alexis Tsipras' choice for President of the Hellenic Republic. He was elected the following day with 233 votes on the first ballot.

Preceded by:
Karolos Papoulias
President of Greece
2015 - Present
Succeeded by:


A portion of content for this article is credited to Wikipedia. Content under GNU Free Documentation License(GFDL)