Former minister and veteran New Democracy member Ioannis Kefalogiannis died on Friday at the age of 79.
Born on Crete in 1933, Kefalogiannis studied at the University of Athens where he earned a doctorship in medicine.
Hailing from a family with a long tradition in politics, Kefalogiannis was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1958, backed by the National Radical Union, known as ERE.
Kefalogiannis actively resisted the military dictatorship and following the regime’s demise joined New Democracy. He was repeatedly elected to Parliament during the 1974-2004 period.
Among the ministerial portfolios held by Kefalogiannis were the Ministries of Public Order, Interior and Tourism.