Prokopis Pavlopoulos elected President of the Hellenic Republic

Prokopis Pavlopoulos elected President of the Hellenic Republic

Athens, February 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Former Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos was elected the new President of Greece on Wednesday.

Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the candidate nominated by the ruling SYRIZA party and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ favorite, is elected as the next President of the Hellenic Republic. Pavlopoulos’ nomination was also supported by main opposition New Democracy and junior coalition partner Independent Greeks. The second candidate, nominated by opposition party “To Potami” and supported by PASOK was Nicos Alivizatos.

“Yes” to Pavlopoulos election voted a total of 233 MPs, while 30 MPs voted in favor of Alivizatos. A total of 32 votes were blank. Five MPs were not present during the vote.

Who is Who

Prokopis K. Pavlopoulos was born on July 10, 1950 in Kalamata. He is a lawyer, university professor and politician. In 2004–09 he was Minister for the Interior (as Minister for the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation from 2004 to 2007 and Minister for the Interior and Public Order from 2007 to 2009). He is the candidate of the current coalition government (Cabinet of Alexis Tsipras) for the post of President of Greece.

Prokopis Pavlopoulos was born and grew up in Kalamata. After finishing school in his home town, he entered the Law School of the University of Athens in 1968.

In 1975, on a government scholarship, he received his DEA from the Paris Panthéon-Assas University, followed by his PhD in 1977 on Public Law. He then returned to Greece to serve his military service in the Army’s Signal Corps (1978–79). He was elected Lecturer at the University of Athens in 1980, and he 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. In 1986, Pavlopoulos was an adjunct faculty member at the Panthéon-Assas University.

Pavlopoulos was secretary to the first President of the metapolitefsi, Michail Stasinopoulos, in 1974. From November 1989 to April 1990, he served as alternate Minister for the Presidency and government spokesman in the ecumenical government headed by Xenophon Zolotas. He served as head of the legal office to President Konstantinos Karamanlis from 1990 to 1995, and political advisor to Miltiadis Evert, then chairman of New Democracy, from September 1995. 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 Evert on 20 April 1996; he subsequently became its Parliamentary Spokesman on 14 April 2000.

Pavlopoulos was successively re-elected for Athens A’ electoral district in the 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012 elections.

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. 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 Pavlopoulous became Minister of the Interior and Public Order.

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.

On February 17, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras nominated Pavlopoulos as the ruling SYRIZA–ANEL coalition’s candidate for the post of President of Greece in the ongoing presidential election.

Pavlopoulos’s father was a philology professor, Vasilis Pavlopoulos from Kalamata. Pavlopoulos is married to Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi and together they have 3 children: 2 daughters and 1 son.