Stefanos Manos

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Stefanos Manos
Στέφανος Μάνος
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President of Drasi
In office
2009–2012
Deputy Antypas Karipoglou
Succeeded by Antypas Karipoglou
Member of the Hellenic Parliament
In office
1977–2007
Minister for Finance
In office
1992–1993
Succeeded by Georgios Gennimatas
Minister of National Economy
In office
1992–1993
Succeeded by Georgios Gennimatas
Personal details
Born 1939
Athens, Greece
Political party Drasi
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Politician

Stefanos Manos (Greek: Στέφανος Μάνος) (born Athens, 1939) is a Greek politician, former member of the Hellenic Parliament, and a former government minister. His political career started in the New Democracy party, for which he became a Member of Parliament in 1977. During the 1980s he would be the unpopular forerunner of Greek privatization. In April 1999, he formed his own party, The Liberals, but following its unsuccessful performance in the elections held in June for the European parliament (1,62%), he returned to the Hellenic Parliament firstly in 2000 as MP in co-operation with the major party of New Democracy, and again in the 2004 elections as independent by the statewide list but surprisingly on a rival PASOK ticket.[1]

After he suspended his Liberals' operation in 2002, he established in 2009 his new own party, Drasi, which he continues to lead. Heading Drasi, he took part in the 2009 European parliament election (0,76%). In May 2012, Drasi merged with the newly formed party Recreate Greece for the 2012 elections.

Manos is a notable critic of profligate government spending and waste. He is famous for saying in 1992, while he was Greek finance minister, that "it would be cheaper for Greece to send every rail passenger to their destination by taxi",[2] a quote which was used by Michael Lewis in his book Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World.

Preceded by
n.a.
Minister of Spatial Planning, Housing and Environment
March 1980–May 1980
Succeeded by
Tzannis Tzannetakis
Preceded by
Miltiadis Evert
Minister of Industry and Energy
May 1980–October 1981
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minister for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works
April 1990–August 1991
Succeeded by
Achilleas Karamanlis
Preceded by
Efthimios Christodoulou
Minister of National Economy
February 1992–October 1993
Succeeded by
George Gennimatas
Preceded by
Ioannis Palaiokrassas
Minister for Finance
August 1992–October 1993
Succeeded by
George Gennimatas

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