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Alexandra "Aleka" Papariga (née Drosou; Greek: Αλέκα Παπαρήγα; born 5 November 1945) is a communist Greek politician who served the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) as its General Secretary from 1991 to 2013. She is the first woman who has taken on the office of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of KKE, and thus becoming the first woman to head a major political party in Greece.[1]

Aleka Papariga
Αλέκα Παπαρήγα

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Leader of the Communist Party Parliamentary Group
In office
10 October 1993 – 25 January 2015
Preceded byGrigoris Farakos
ConstituencyAthens B
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece
In office
27 February 1991 – 14 April 2013
Preceded byGrigoris Farakos
Succeeded byDimitris Koutsoumpas
Member of the Parliament of Greece
Assumed office
10 October 1993
Personal details
Born (1945-11-05) 5 November 1945 (age 74)
Athens, Greece
Political partyCommunist Party of Greece
Other political
United Democratic Left (1961–1967)
Spouse(s)Athanasios Paparigas
ChildrenVasilia Papariga
ResidenceAthens, Greece
Alma materUniversity of Athens

Early yearsEdit

Papariga was born in Athens in 1945. Her parents, Nikos Drosos and Kiki Drosou were National Resistance fighters and members of KKE, of Cephalonian origin.

She graduated from the Historical-Archeological Section of the Philosophy Faculty of Athens University and after graduation worked as an employee for eight years in various accounting offices. At the same time she worked as a private tutor. Since 1976 she has worked exclusively in party and social activities.

Political careerEdit

Papariga started out as an activist in the peace movement in 1961 and soon after joined the pupils' organization of the youth section of the United Democratic Left (EDA).[2] She was active in various school and student movements until the military coup in 1967. Throughout this period, she was a member of the Bureau of the EDA youth section pupils' organization and then of the "Lambrakis" Democratic Youth Students’ organization Bureau.

Military juntaEdit

She joined KKE in 1968, while it was illegal during the Greek military junta[1] and was active in the prisoners' families' movement.

Third Hellenic RepublicEdit

After the end of the military junta, she became a member of the Bureau of the City Committee of the Athens Party Organization (KOA), and was also active in the women's movement. A founding member of the Women's Federation of Greece, she participated in the organization of national events for International Women's Day. She was a leading member of the women's movement until to 1981, and then active in the Athens Party Organization up to 1991. During her activities in the women's movement, she participated in international congresses of the Women's International Democratic Federation, the United Nations, and many international conferences and symposia.

Papariga has been a member of the Central Committee of KKE since the 10th Congress (May 1978) and of the Politburo of the CC since 1986. On 27 February 1991 at the 13th Party Congress, she was elected as Secretary-General of the KKE. She was unanimously re-elected as Secretary-General on 26 May 1996, at the 15th Party Congress.[1] In February 2009, Papariga was re-elected as Secretary-General at the 18th Party Congress. This re-election made her the longest serving General Secretary of the KKE.[3]

As a KKE candidate in Athens B constituency, Papariga has been elected to the Hellenic Parliament since the 1993 election.[1]

Other informationEdit

Papariga is the author of two books on women's emancipation. She is a widow (her husband died in a car accident caused by a drunk driver) and has one daughter, Vasilia Papariga (Greek: Βασιλεία Παπαρήγα).

She speaks two foreign languages: English and Russian.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e CV at Hellenic Parliament website.
  2. ^ "SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF GREECE Alexandra Papariga". ANA-MPA. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
  3. ^ Bitsika, Panagiota (24 February 2009). "Archived copy" Τι σημαίνουν οι αλλαγές στο ΚΚΕ. To Vima (in Greek). Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Grigoris Farakos
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece
Succeeded by
Dimitris Koutsoumpas

This page incorporates information from the Hellenic Parliament website