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Tzannis Tzannetakis
Greek: Τζανής Τζαννετάκης

In office
July 2, 1989 – October 12, 1989
Preceded by Andreas Papandreou
Succeeded by Yiannis Grivas

In office
July 3, 1989 – October 12, 1989
Preceded by Karolos Papoulias
Succeeded by Georgios Papoulias

Born September 13, 1927 (1927-09-13) (age 82)
GreeceGytheio, Greece
Political party New Democracy
Spouse(s) Maria Rangous

Tzannis Tzannetakis (Greek: Τζανής Τζαννετάκης) (born September 13, 1927), Greek politician, was briefly Prime Minister of Greece during the political crisis of 1989.

Tzannetakis was born in Gytheio in the region of Laconia in 1927. He served as a naval officer but resigned on April 22, 1967, the day after the military coup which brought the dictatorship of George Papadopoulos to power. He was imprisoned by the regime from 1969 to 1971.

When democracy was restored in 1974, Tzannetakis joined the New Democracy party of Constantine Karamanlis, and was elected to the Greek Parliament in 1977. Between 1977 and the defeat of the ND government in 1981 he was at various times Minister for Public Works, Tourism and Defence.

The Greek legislative election, June 1989 left the PASOK party of Andreas Papandreou in the minority. New Democracy, however, now led by Constantine Mitsotakis, could not form a government despite its significant lead in the popular vote, because of changes to electoral law that PASOK had voted to effect before the elections. Tzannetakis was appointed Prime Minister in a government under an unlikely alliance with the left-wing Coalition of the Left and Progress (Synaspismos), which then included the Communist Party of Greece.

Tzannetakis resigned when the Synaspismos withdrew its support in 1989. Yiannis Grivas then formed a caretaker government until fresh elections could be held. New Democracy won these elections too, but once more could not form a government, despite tallying 46% of the vote, with PASOK coming second with 40%. An "Ecumenical" Government, headed by Xenophon Zolotas, with the participation of all three political parties (New Democracy, PASOK, Synaspismos) was formed, but fell within 4 months because of intense disagreements between its participants. New elections were held in 1990, where, for the third consecutive time within a year, New Democracy (Greece) won with a significant lead of 8% over PASOK. This time ND managed to form a government under its leader, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, hinging on a small parliamentary majority of two representatives. Tzannetakis became Deputy Prime Minister in this government, a post he held until 1993. He was a member of the Hellenic Parliament till September 2007, when he announced his intention to retire from his political activity. That announcement was welcomed by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis as a calling for renewal in Greek political scene.

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Preceded by
Stefanos Manos
Minister for Public Works
1980–1981
Succeeded by
Athanasios Apostolos
Preceded by
Karolos Papoulias
Minister for Foreign Affairs
1989
Succeeded by
Georgios Papoulias
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Minister for Tourism
1989
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Andreas Papandreou
Prime Minister of Greece
1989
Succeeded by
Yiannis Grivas
Preceded by
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Minister for National Defence
1989–1990
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minister for Tourism
1989–1990
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Georgios Mylonas
Minister for Culture
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Anna Psarouda-Benaki
Preceded by
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Deputy Prime Minister of Greece
1990–1993
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