Georgios Kondylis

Georgios Kondylis (Greek: ) (1878 - February 1, 1936) was a general of the Greek army and Prime Minister of Greece. He was nick-named Keraunos, Greek for "Thunder" or "Thunderbolt".

Military career

He joined the Army as a volunteer in 1896, and fought with the Greek expeditionary corps in Crete. He participated in the Macedonian Struggle (1904-1908) leading his own guerilla band, and was promoted to Captain during the Balkan Wars. He supported the Movement of National Defence of Eleftherios Venizelos during the First World War, rising to the rank of Liuetenant Colonel. A firm Venizelist, he opposed the restoration of King Constantine I in 1920, fleeing to Constantinople together with other Venizelist officers and organizing the "Democratic Defence" (Δημοκρατική Άμυνα). He returned after the 1922 Revolution, retired from the army in 1923 with the rank of Major General, and became involved in politics.

Political career

He was successfully elected MP, and founded the National Democratic Party. He assumed ministerial positions in 1924-1925. On August 21, 1926, he overthrew the dictatorship of Theodoros Pangalos and formed a government, proclaiming elections for November. Notably, his party did not participate in these. In the elections of August 1928, his party elected 9 MPs, with himself being elected in Kavala. In 1933 he became Army Minister, and from this post he was instrumental in crushing the 1935 Venizelist revolt. When, on October 10, 1935, the chiefs of the Armed Forces overthrew the government of Panagis Tsaldaris, on the same day, the former Republican Kondylis declared himself Regent, abolished the Republic and staged a referendum on November 11 for the return of the monarchy. After the return of King George II, however, he soon quarreled with the king, and resigned. In the January 1936 elections, he cooperated with Ioannis Rallis and managed to elect 15 MPs. Soon after, however, he died of heart attack, on February 1, 1936, in Athens.

Preceded by: Athanasios Eftaxias

Prime Minister of Greece August 23, 1926 - December 4, 1926

Succeeded by: Alexandros Zaimis

Preceded by: Panagis Tsaldaris

Prime Minister of Greece October 10, 1935 - November 30, 1935

Succeeded by: Konstantinos Demertzis

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