Filippos Petsalnikos

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Filippos Petsalnikos
Φίλιππος Πετσάλνικος
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Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament
In office
15 October 2009 – 11 April 2012
Preceded by Dimitris Sioufas
Succeeded by Vyron Polydoras
Deputy Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament
In office
19 March 2004 – 14 October 2009
President Anna Psarouda-Benaki
Dimitris Sioufas
Minister of Justice
In office
24 October 2001 – 10 March 2004
Prime Minister Costas Simitis
Preceded by Michael Stathopoulos
Succeeded by Anastasios Papaligouras
Minister of Public Order
In office
30 October 1998 – 19 February 1999
Prime Minister Costas Simitis
Preceded by Georgios Romeos
Succeeded by Michalis Chrysohoidis
Minister of Macedonia-Thrace
In office
22 October 1996 – 30 October 1998
Prime Minister Costas Simitis
Preceded by Constantinos Triaridis
Succeeded by Giannis Magriotis
Personal details
Born (1950-12-01) 1 December 1950 (age 64)
Mavrochori, Greece
Political party Movement of Democratic Socialists (since 2015),
PASOK (until 2015)
Spouse(s) Mariele Biedendieck
Children Alexandros
Danae
Electra
Alma mater University of Thessaloniki
University of Bonn
Profession Attorney
Religion Greek Orthodoxy
Website www.petsalnikos.gr

Filippos Petsalnikos (Greek: Φίλιππος Πετσάλνικος; born 1 December 1950)[1] is a Greek politician of the Movement of Democratic Socialists. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament. Before, he had been a Member of the Hellenic Parliament since 1985.

Life[edit]

Born in Mavrochori, Kastoria, Petsalnikos studied law in Greece and Germany.

Political career[edit]

In 1985, he was elected for the first time as an MP for the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).

He served as the Minister for Macedonia-Thrace between 22 October 1996 and 30 October 1998, the Minister of Public Order between 30 October 1998 and 19 February 1999 and the Minister of Justice between 24 October 2001 and 10 March 2004. He was elected to the position of Speaker on 15 October 2009 by 168 of the Parliament's 300 MPs.[2]

On 3 January 2015, it was announced that Petsalnikos would join former prime minister Papandreou in leaving PASOK to found the new Movement of Democratic Socialists.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married and has three children.[4] Petsalnikos speaks Greek, English and German. His wife is an attorney and supports (2005) DKIZ, which is (2011) a selfhelp-organisation run by and for German speaking women in Greece. [5] [6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Constantinos Triaridis
Minister of Macedonia-Thrace
1996–1998
Succeeded by
Giannis Magriotis
Preceded by
Georgios Romeos
Minister of Public Order
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Michalis Chrysohoidis
Preceded by
Michael Stathopoulos
Minister of Justice
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Anastasios Papaligouras
Preceded by
Dimitris Sioufas
Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Vyron Polydoras