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Dimitris Koutsoumpas (Greek: Δημήτρης Κουτσούμπας; born August 10, 1955 in Lamia) is a Greek communist politician who is, since 14 April 2013, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece.[1]

Political career

Dimitris Koutsoumpas was born in August 10, 1955 in Lamia, Greece. His father, Apostolis, was exiled for his political actions.[2] Koutsoumpas studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and was a member of the Communist Youth of Greece, participating at the Athens Polytechnic uprising against the Regime of the Colonels in November 1973.[2] In 1987, he was elected for the first time to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece, to which he was reelected in the following years. In 1996, he was elected for the first time to the party's politburo.[2] In the same year, he became the director of Rizospastis, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, in which post he remained for the following decade. During his political career, he was also the head of the International Relations sector of the party. He was also a candidate in the parliamentary elections of 2000 and 2007 for the Boeotia prefecture without being elected.[3][4]

In the 19th Party Congress, on 14 April 2013, he was elected as the General Secretary of the party, succeeding Aleka Papariga.


Νέος γραμματέας του ΚΚΕ ο Δημήτρης Κουτσούμπας (in Greek). in.gr. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
Βιογραφικό Κουτσούμπα (in Greek). Kathimerini. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
Εκλογές 2000 (in Greek). Rizospastis. 9 March 2000. Retrieved 14 April 2013.

Εκλογές 2007 (in Greek). Rizospastis. 26 August 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2013.

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Terms of office of Dimitris Koutsoumpas at the Hellenic Parliament (English)

Party political offices
Preceded by
Aleka Papariga General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece
2013– Incumbent

General Secretaries of the Communist Party of Greece

Nikos Dimitratos §(1918–22) Yannis Kordatos §(1922) Nikos Sargologos §(1922–23) Thomas Apostolidis §(1923–24) Pandelis Pouliopoulos (1924–25) Eleftherios Stavridis (1925–26) Pastias Giatsopoulos (1926–27) Andronikos Chaitas (1927–31) Nikos Zachariadis (1931–56) Andreas Tsipas ‡(1941) Georgios Siantos ‡(1942–45) Apostolos Grozos (1956) Kostas Koligiannis (1956–72) Charilaos Florakis (1972–89) Grigoris Farakos (1989–91) Aleka Papariga (1991–2013) Dimitris Koutsoumpas (since 2013)


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