Dimitris Avramopoulos. The former Athens mayor’s relations with ND have undergone many changes of fortune. He was foreign ministry spokesman for the Mitsotakis government and then head of the prime minister’s diplomatic bureau. Elected to Parliament in 1997, he lost his seat after the legality of his election was challenged. Miltiades Evert then chose him as candidate for Athens mayor, when he defeated Theodoros Pangalos and was subsequently elected to a second term. In the 2000 elections, after a much-publicized meeting with Karamanlis at the Dionysos restaurant, he decided not to give the party his direct support. Shortly afterward, he founded the Movement of Free Citizens, predicting the «end of the two major parties.» Two years later, however, he announced the dissolution of his party and shortly before these last elections, he rejoined ND and went on to receive the most votes in the Athens first electoral district.

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