Ioannis Charalambopoulos

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Ioannis Charalambopoulos
Ιωάννης Χαραλαμπόπουλος
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Born(1919-02-10)February 10, 1919
Psari, Greece
DiedOctober 16, 2014(2014-10-16) (aged 95)
Nationality Greek
Political party Panhellenic Socialist Movement
ProfessionArmy officer, politician

Ioannis Charalambopoulos (Greek : Ιωάννης Χαραλαμπόπουλος; February 10, 1919 – October 16, 2014) was a Greek Army officer (Colonel of the Engineering Corps) and socialist politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of National Defence of Greece.

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Early life and political career

Charalambopoulos was born in 1919 in Psari, Messenia, to a military family. [1] [2] He studied at the Hellenic Army Academy and completed his studies with a scholarship at Woolwich Polytechnic after World War II. During the war, he served as the commander of an infantry unit during the Greco-Italian War and later in the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre. He left the army in 1963 with the rank of Colonel and became a politician in the Center Union, being elected to Parliament representing Messenia in the 1963 and 1964 elections. [1] [3]

Psari is a village in Messenia, Greece. It is located in the municipal unit of Dorio and has a population of about 600 people. It is the birthplace of Ioannis Charalambopoulos, Markos Ntaras, and Giannakis Gritzalis, and also it is the place where the revolution of Messenia began. Psari means fish.

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During the Greek military junta of 1967–1974, Charalambopoulos founded the Democratic National Resistance Movement , and spent three years in internal exile for his opposition to the regime. After the fall of the dictatorship in 1974, Charalambopoulos became a founding member of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, and was elected to Parliament on its lists in all elections from 1974 to 2000, representing the Athens B constituency. [3]

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After the accession of Greece to the EEC on January 1, 1981, he became a provisional member of the European Parliament representing Greece until the country could hold its first European Parliament elections in October. [1] On October 21, 1981 he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the first cabinet of Andreas Papandreou and served in the position until July 26, 1985. [4] [5] He was then appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Greece during Papandreou's second term until 18 November 1988, in addition receiving the portfolio of National Defence on 25 April 1986 which he held until 2 July 1989. [3] [5]

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Charalambopoulos died on October 16, 2014 at the age of 95. [1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Konstantinos Mitsotakis
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece
21 October 1981 – 5 June 1985
Succeeded by
Karolos Papoulias
Title last held by
Konstantinos Papakonstantinou
and Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas
Deputy Prime Minister of Greece
26 July 1985 – 18 November 1988
With: Agamemnon Koutsogiorgas from 23 September 1987
Title next held by
Tzannis Tzannetakis
and Athanasios Kanellopoulos
Preceded by
Andreas Papandreou
Minister of National Defence of Greece
25 April 1986 – 2 July 1989
Succeeded by
Ioannis Varvitsiotis