Makis Voridis

Mavroudis (Makis) Voridis (Greek: Μαυρουδής (Μάκης) Χρήστου Βορίδης) (born 23 August 1964) is a Greek lawyer and politician. A member of the Hellenic Parliament for New Democracy since 2012, he currently serves as the Minister for the Interior in the Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He previously served as Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks in the Cabinet of Lucas Papademos (2011–2012), Minister for Health in the Cabinet of Antonis Samaras (2014–2015), and Minister for Rural Development and Food in the original Mitsotakis cabinet (2019–2021).

Makis Voridis
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Minister for the Interior
Assumed office
5 January 2021
Prime MinisterKyriakos Mitsotakis
Preceded byTakis Theodorikakos
Minister for Rural Development and Food
In office
9 July 2019 – 5 January 2021
Prime MinisterKyriakos Mitsotakis
Preceded byStavros Arachovitis
Succeeded bySpilios Livanos
Minister for Health
In office
10 June 2014 – 27 January 2015
Prime MinisterAntonis Samaras
Preceded byAdonis Georgiadis
Succeeded byPanagiotis Kouroumblis (Health and Social Security)
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks
In office
11 November 2011 – 17 May 2012
Prime MinisterLucas Papademos
Preceded byGiannis Ragousis
Succeeded bySimos Simopoulos
Personal details
Born (1964-08-23) 23 August 1964 (age 57)
Athens, Greece
Political partyNew Democracy (2012–present)
Popular Orthodox Rally (2005–2012)
Hellenic Front (1994–2005)
National Political Union (1984–1990)
Spouse(s)Danai Michelakos
ChildrenChristos
Alma materUniversity of Athens
University College London
WebsiteOfficial website

Voridis graduated from Athens College and acquired his degree from the Law School of the University of Athens. He also acquired a Master of Laws with merit from University College London. Voridis specialized in international commercial law, criminal law, and the philosophy of law. During his time there, he was the leader of the fascist student group "Student Alternative".[1] Voridis himself has denied any connection with far-right politics, instead describing himself as a national liberal.[2]

According to a former fellow student at Athens College, writing in Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Voridis formed the fascist student group "Free Pupils" that painted the walls with swastikas and saluted each other using the Nazi-era greeting "Heil Hitler." It was further alleged that during school elections, Voridis would violently threaten the Jewish students who opposed his fascist group, as well as their families.[3]

After graduating from Athens College, he was appointed secretary general of the young wing of the National Political Union (EPEN),[4] a far-right political party founded by a year earlier by the jailed leader of the 1967 military coup and junta leader Georgios Papadopoulos. Voridis, who replaced Nikolaos Michaloliakos (who went on to lead Golden Dawn) as EPEN's youth leader, remained in this position until 1990.

During his compulsory military service from 1992 to 1993, Voridis graduated class leader (92 A' ESSO) in Armour School and he served as an Armour Cadet Reserve Officer, gaining the rank of second lieutenant.

In 1994, he founded the far-right Hellenic Front party and became its first president. He unsuccessfully ran for the position of Athens mayor in 1998 and 2002. The Front's motto was "Red Card to the Illegal Immigrants", and he ran together with Konstantinos Plevris in the national elections of 2000.[5] The Hellenic Front under the chairmanship of Voridis performed lamentably in the 2004 general election and managed to gather only 7000 (0.1%) votes. As a result of this, the Hellenic Front ceased its political activity in 2005 and was subsequently merged with the more successful Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party. Voridis became a member of the political council of LAOS.

Voridis has a law office in Athens and competed for a council seat in the 2006 local elections on the LAOS ticket in East Attica. He eventually secured 5% of the vote and was elected prefectural councillor.

On 16 September 2007, Makis Voridis was elected Member of the Greek Parliament with LAOS, calling up 8,663 votes in the Attica district, with a potential difference of 5174 votes from the second candidate, Tania Iakovidou, a TV journalist.[citation needed]

In November 2011, Voridis was appointed Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks in the coalition government headed by Lucas Papademos. In February 2012, he was expelled from LAOS for supporting the second bailout package but retained his portfolio after consultations with the prime minister.[6][7] A few days later, he joined New Democracy and surrendered his parliamentary seat to LAOS.[8][9] As Minister, Voridis was supposed to open up professions like taxi drivers, a measure he has previously opposed on multiple occasions.[10]

In an interview with The Guardian, Voridis denied allegations of crypto-fascism, antisemitism and homophobia, describing himself as a national liberal with a rightwing student activist background.[4] Voridis has also expressed views against illegal immigration.[11][12] The article's author describes him as a former "axe-wielding fascist" who "does not deny he is a reconstructed fascist". His presence in government has been met with alarm by Jewish and leftist groups.[3][4]

On 10 June 2014, Voridis was appointed Minister for Health,[13] despite significant concern from Jewish and other groups.[14]

On 9 July 2019, he was appointed Minister for Rural Development and Food in the cabinet of New Democracy leader and prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. On 5 January 2021, he was appointed Minister for the Interior.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Όταν ο Κατρούγκαλος διέγραφε τον Βορίδη από τον Σύλλογο Φοιτητών της Νομικής". 27 January 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Μάκης Βορίδης, Ακροδεξιός εγώ; Απλώς εθνικοφιλελεύθερος". To Vima. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b Sabby Mionis (6 March 2012). "Israel must fight to keep neo-Nazis out of Greece's government". Haaretz. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Helena Smith (16 December 2011). "Rise of the Greek far right raises fears of further turmoil". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Greece's Jewish voters are faced with an impossible choice". Haaretz. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Ναι" στο Μνημόνιο από 199 βουλευτές και "όχι" από 74. To Vima (in Greek). Athens. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  7. ^ Χωρίς ανασχηματισμό η κυβέρνηση – Παραμένει ο Βορίδης. To Vima (in Greek). Athens. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  8. ^ Προσχώρησαν στη Ν.Δ. οι Μ. Βορίδης και Αδ. Γεωργιάδης. To Vima (in Greek). Athens. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  9. ^ Παρέδωσαν τις έδρες τους στο ΛΑΟΣ Μ. Βορίδης και Αδ. Γεωργιάδης. To Vima (in Greek). Athens. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Greece's government: Divided they stand". The Economist. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Greek elections focus on immigration". 6 April 2000. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  12. ^ "The struggle for containers fuels the controversy between the green and the blue". 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Υπουργός Υγείας". Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Greek Jews rap appointment of rightist Makis Voridis as health minister". Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Health
2014–2015
Succeeded byas Minister for Health and Social Security
Preceded by Minister for Rural Development and Food
2019–2021
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for the Interior
2021–present
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