Monday, September 07, 2009

Giorgos Karatzaferis - leader of Greece's far right LAOS party

Giorgos Karatzaferis - leader of Greece's far right LAOS party

Karatzaferis was speaking in Thessaloniki this afternoon. As head of the far right LAOS party he has spearheaded a campaign for mainstream legitimacy with regular appearances on TV chat shows and the like. The party was one of the few to make any gains during the recent European parliamentary elections, draining votes from the unpopular conservative New Democracy party. However, like so many politicians of his ilk he has more than a few skeletons in the closet, as this 2007 article from the Greek national daily, Kathimerini points out.

By Takis Kambylis - Kathimerini

“First of all, I am not a Jew. Can the prime minister say that of himself? Secondly, I am not a communist. Can Mr Karamanlis say that?” asked LAOS leader Giorgos Karatzaferis, speaking in Corinth on May 28, 2002. “Thirdly, I am not a homosexual. There aren’t many who can say that,” he added. He was not widely quoted at the time, but Karatzaferis is given to making remarks of a similar nature, and had in the past made reference to a grandfather of then Prime Minister Costas Simitis, Aaron Avouris.

Anti-Semitism has long been the LAOS leader’s favorite subject. Long before he founded LAOS, when he was still a parliamentary deputy for the New Democracy party, he had founded Nea Elpida (New Hope), something between a non-profit

firm and a political party, through which he made overtures to the extreme right-wing Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) and its “worthy fighters.”


Anonymous said...

the political chaos in greece is more than certain after the announcement of election by karamanlis
the greek constitution defines
that for the election of the greek presidency there is a need of 180 votes
a target that it is very difficult to achieve even if there is a majority of parliament members to form government for pasok or nd
my personal suggestion is that the president of the greek republic should be voted by the greek nation and his administration to last as the greek government
if pasok rules for 3 years, 3 years for the presidency
and etc
in any case the role of the greek president is clearly decorative
and unimportant
it contains erotonomicon that socked greek society

forbidden for people under 18 years old age

teacher dude said...

I, too think that we're in for a series of elections though I don't know how this will all end.