Dimitris Tsovolas

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Dimitris Tsovolas
Δημήτριος Τσοβόλας
Minister of Finance
In office
26 July 1985 – 2 July 1989
Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou
Preceded by Gerasimos Arsenis
Succeeded by Antonis Samaras
Personal details
Born (1942-09-04) 4 September 1942 (age 75)
Melissourgoi, Greece
Political party Panhellenic Socialist Movement (Before 1995)
Democratic Social Movement (1995–present)
Alma mater University of Thessaloniki

Dimitris Tsovolas (Greek: Δημήτριος Τσοβόλας; born 1942) is a Greek politician who served as Minister of Finance from 1985 to 1989.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born at Melissourgoi, a village outside Arta, Epirus in 1942. He went on to study law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He worked as a lawyer in Arta.

Political career[edit]

He later began his career in politics as a member of PASOK. He was first elected member of the Parliament representing Arta in 1977. He was reelected in 1981 and 1985. He was then elected as an MP for northern Athens.[1]

Tsovolas served in the Ministry of Finance in Andreas Papandreou's government from 1981 to 1989, serving as a deputy minister from 1981 to 1985, and as the full Minister of Finance from 1985 to 1989.[1]

In 1989 he was tried for the so-called Koskotas scandal and was sentenced to 2 years in prison and 3 years lack of his political rights.

In October 1995 he left PASOK and on 20 December that year he founded the Democratic Social Movement.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Tsovolas is married and has two children.[1]


He was awarded the highest Order of the FRY from Slobodan Milosević on 11 December 1999.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Βιογραφικό". Dimitris Tsovolas (in Greek). Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  2. ^ BETA (December 25, 1999). "Odlikovanja za strance". Vreme (in Serbian). Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Gerasimos Arsenis
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Antonis Samaras