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Haris Kastanidis (Greek: Χάρης Καστανίδης, born on 11 March 1956 in Thessaloniki, Greece) is a Greek politician of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement and the current Minister for the Interior.

Early Life

M.P. Haris Kastanidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1956. He graduated from the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed his studies with a Post-Graduate degree in Criminal Law.

He became a member of the PA.SO.K. on its foundation in 1974 and was elected for the first time as a member of the Hellenic Parliament in the elections of 1981 being only 25 years old. In 1984 he was elected as a member of the PA.SO.K. Central Committee.

Offices

He held his first government post in the Ministry for the Interior and Public Order as a Deputy Minister, from 25 July 1985 until 25 April 1986. From 9 September 1988 until 18 November 1988, he held the post of Deputy Minister of National Education and Religious Affairs. From 18 November 1988 until 29 November 1988, he served as Deputy Minister for the Interior. On 15 September 1995 he was appointed as Minister for the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation, a post which he held until 22 January 1996.

On 22 January 1996 he was appointed as the Minister for Transport and Communications, a position that he held until he resigned on 2 September 1997. From 7 July 2003 until 10 March 2004, he was the Minister for Macedonia and Thrace. From March 2004 until August 2007 he held the position of the PA.SO.K. spokesman.
2009 Elections

From 7 October 2009 to 17 June 2011, he served as the Minister for Justice, Transparency and Human Rights. On 17 June 2011, after a government reshuffle, he was appointed as the Minister for the Interior.
References

M.P. Haris Kastanidis in the Official Website of the Hellenic Parliament (Greek) - (English)

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