Odysseas Angelis

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Odysseas Angelis
Οδυσσέας Αγγελής
Vice-President of Greece
In office
June 1, 1973 (1973-06-01) – November 25, 1973 (1973-11-25)
President Georgios Papadopoulos
Personal details
Born (1912-01-02)January 2, 1912
Steni, Euboea
Died March 22, 1987(1987-03-22)
Nationality Greek
Military service
Allegiance  Greece
Service/branch HellenicArmySeal.svg Hellenic Army
Rank GR-Army-OF9-1959.svg General
Commands Chief of the Hellenic Armed Forces
Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff
Battles/wars Greco-Italian War, Greek Civil War

Odysseas Angelis (Greek: Οδυσσέας Αγγελής, 1912–1987) was Vice-President of Greece in 1973, during the "republican" period of the military junta of 1967–1974.

Along with most of those involved in the coup of April 1967, he was an officer of the Greek Army. At the time he held the rank of Lieutenant General and was appointed Chief of the Army General Staff following the coup. He was responsible, at least officially, for the Army Decree Nr. 13, which banned the musical works of Mikis Theodorakis. In the failed royal counter-coup of 13 December 1967, Angelis remained loyal to the junta, and was rewarded with promotion to full General and appointment as Chief of the Armed Forces Command. On 21 April 1967 Angelis passed a series of laws limiting protest, including a ban on public gatherings of more than five people, a ban on all private gatherings of a political nature, a ban on propaganda against the generals and a ban on civilians holding guns.[1] Personally loyal to junta principal Georgios Papadopoulos, Angelis was chosen by the latter as his Vice President when he abolished the monarchy and declared Greece a Presidential Republic on 1 June 1973. Angelis served in this post until 25 November 1973, when Papadopoulos lost power to a hardliner coup.

Following the restoration of democratic rule in 1974, in the 1975 Junta Trials, he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for high treason and mutiny.[2] Angelis committed suicide in his cell in the Korydallos Prison on 22 March 1987.


  1. ^ Andreas Papandreou, Democracy at Gunpoint: The Greek Front, Penguin Books, 1971, p. 40
  2. ^ "Deaths Elsewhere – Odysseas Angelis, 75". The Times-News. Hendersonville, NC. Associated Press. March 24, 1987. p. 6. Retrieved 25 August 2013.