Georgios Kafantaris

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Georgios Kaphantaris in 1927

Georgios Kafantaris (alternative spellings: Kaphantaris or Kafandaris, 13 October 1873 – 28 August 1946) was a Greek politician, born in Anatoliki Fragkista, Evrytania.

On 9 January 1919, Kafantaris joined the Cabinet of Greece under Prime Minister of Greece Eleftherios Venizelos as Minister of Agriculture. He went on to disagree with him as far as holding the Greek legislative election, 1920 while the Hellenic Army was still involved in the Greco-Turkish War. Venizelos accepted his resignation on 4 February 1920.

In the elections that ensued, Venizelos' Liberal Party was ousted. Kafantaris left the country for French Third Republic and the Kingdom of Italy.

He only returned following the defeat of Greece in the Greco-Turkish War and was named Minister of Justice. On 19 February 1924, Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos resigned due to health reasons and nominated Kafantaris as his successor. Kafantaris served as Prime Minister for almost a month and then resigned himself on 12 March 1924 after a failed assassination attempt. He was succeeded by Alexandros Papanastasiou.

Kafantaris opposed the dictatorship of Theodoros Pangalos and, after its overthrow, took part in several more governments as Minister of Finance.

He died in Athens in 1946, and is buried in the First Cemetery of Athens.

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Preceded by
Eleftherios Venizelos
Prime Minister of Greece
19 February 1924 – 12 March 1924
Succeeded by
Alexandros Papanastasiou