Ioannis Grivas

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Ioannis Grivas
Ιωάννης Γρίβας
176th Prime Minister of Greece
In office
11 October 1989 – 23 November 1989
President Christos Sartzetakis
Preceded by Tzannis Tzannetakis
Succeeded by Xenophon Zolotas
Personal details
Born (1923-02-23) 23 February 1923 (age 92)
Tithorea, Greece
Nationality Greek
Religion Greek Orthodox

Ioannis Grivas (Greek: Ιωάννης Γρίβας; born 23 February 1923), Greek judge, was the 87th Prime Minister of Greece who served as a non-party interim Prime Minister. Grivas was born in Kato Tithorea, Tithorea, Phthiotis in the region of Lokris. He studied law at the University of Athens and in 1954 he became a judge. In 1979, he was appointed to the "Areios Pagos" (Supreme Court of Greece for Civil and Criminal Cases). He became vice-president of the court in 1986 and president in 1989.

In 1989, when the Greek Parliament was deadlocked between the PASOK and New Democracy parties, the Constitution requiring that the President of one of Greece's Supreme Courts be appointed interim Prime Minister, Grivas agreed to head a caretaker government to preside over fresh elections. He took office on 12 October 1989. After the elections, held on 5 November produced another deadlocked Parliament, he resigned on 23 November 1989 in favour of Xenophon Zolotas, who formed a coalition government in which all three Parliament parties participated.[1] Grivas retired in 1990.


Political offices
Preceded by
Tzannis Tzannetakis
176th Prime Minister of Greece
Succeeded by
Xenophon Zolotas