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Dimitris Sioufas (right) with Giorgio Napolitano

Dimitris Sioufas (Greek: Δημήτρης Σιούφας; 15 August 1944[1] – 11 January 2019) was a Greek lawyer and New Democracy politician.

Early lifeEdit

Born in Ellinopyrgos, Karditsa, Sioufas received a degree in political science and public administration at the Panteion University of Athens as well as in law from the University of Thessaloniki.[1]

He was first elected to the Greek Parliament for the Karditsa constituency in the 1981 general election, and has been reelected at every election since.[2] He was Deputy Minister of Social Security from August 1991 to December 1992 and Minister of Health, Welfare and Social Services from December 1992 to October 1993.[1][2] Following the 2004 parliamentary election, which was won by New Democracy, Sioufas became Minister for Development in the government of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis on 10 March 2004.[1][3] He left this position when a new government was sworn in on 19 September 2007 and was instead nominated as Speaker of Parliament.[4][5]

Sioufas has been a member of New Democracy's Central Committee since 1997; previously he was a member of the Central Committee from 1979 to 1985 and from 1994 to 1997.[1][2] He was also a member of the party's Executive Committee from 1997 to 2001 and a member of its Political Council from 2001 to March 2004.[1] From April 2000[2] to March 2004, he was Secretary General of the New Democracy Parliamentary Group.[1]

Sioufas married Kaity Anagnostaki and had two sons and a daughter.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g CV at Ministry of Development website.
  2. ^ a b c d e Curriculum vitae at Hellenic Parliament website.
  3. ^ "New development minister to build on predecessor's work", Athens News Agency (, March 11, 2004.
  4. ^ "New faces and trusted aides are unveiled in Karamanlis’s Cabinet", ANA (, September 19, 2007.
  5. ^ "New Greek government announced", ANA (, September 18, 2007.

External linksEdit

This page incorporates information from the Hellenic Parliament website

Political offices
Preceded by
Giorgios Souflias
Minister of Health, Welfare & Social Services
Succeeded by
Dimitris Kremastinos
Preceded by
Akis Tsochatzopoulos
Minister for Development
10 March 2004–19 September 2007
Succeeded by
Christos Folias
Preceded by
Anna Benaki-Psarouda
Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament
Succeeded by
Filippos Petsalnikos