Alexandros 'Alekos' Alavanos (Greek: Αλέκος Αλαβάνος; born 22 May 1950 in Athens) is a Greek politician, former member of the Hellenic Parliament and the European Parliament. From 2004 until 2008 he was president of the Coalition of the Left of Movements and Ecology, commonly known as Synaspismos. He was parliamentary leader of the wider Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).
|Member of the European Parliament|
15 June 1989 – 13 June 2004
18 October 1981 – 17 June 1984
|Born||22 May 1950|
|Political party||Plan B,|
formerly: KKE; SYRIZA
Born on 22 May 1950 in Athens, Alavanos has been politically active since his youth. During the military dictatorship of 1967-1974, Alavanos participated in the student movement against the regime; as a result his military service deferment was revoked and he was briefly incarcerated in the EAT/ESA military prison.
In the 2004 Greek legislative election, Alavanos was elected MP in Athens. Since Nikos Konstantopoulos, his predecessor in Synaspismos' leadership, announced his intention not to be a candidate for another term, Alavanos announced his own candidacy for the office. The party congress elected him president on 12 December 2004.
On 27 November 2007, Alavanos announced that he would not apply for a renewal of his presidency of Synaspismos at its 5th party congress in February 2008, due to private reasons. He was replaced by Alexis Tsipras.
"In Europe all the big powers, the parties, the banks, the big corporations have a plan B to deal with the prospect of Greece's exit from the eurozone. Only Greece has not in hand a plan B. Both the government and the parties in opposition have neglected the necessity to work on a plan B. If however, Greece is taken by surprise when forced to exit the eurozone, with people panicking, this is going to be a disaster."
In February 2011 he left Synaspismos and founded the Front of Solidarity and Overthrow with other former members of Coalition of the Radical Left. Communist Organization of Greece, Internationalist Workers' Left, Movement for the United in Action Left and Anticapitalist Political Group joined the front, but they left it in 2012 due to political disputes.
He again founded a new political party in 2013, founding Plan B specifically to contest the 2014 European Parliament election in Greece. The party's platform is centered on exiting Greece from the eurozone.
- Synaspismos press release
- "The Greek left and Plan B". Workers' Liberty. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Ex-SYRIZA leader Alavanos to launch 'Plan B' movement favoring Greek euro exit". Kathimerini. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
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- Short biography in Greek
- Personal profile of Alekos Alavanos in the European Parliament's database of members
- Terms of office of Alekos Alavanos at the Hellenic Parliament (in English)
- "Personal page of Alekos Alavanos" (in Greek). Archived from the original on 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2004-12-12.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)