Ioannis Rallis

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Ioannis Rallis (Ιωάννης Δ. Ράλλης; 1878, Athens - 26 October 1946, Averof Prison, Ampelokipoi, Athens) was the third and last collaborationist prime minister of Greece during the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II, holding office from 7 April 1943 to 12 October 1944, succeeding Konstantinos Logothetopoulos in the Nazi-controlled the Greek puppet government in Athens.

Early life

Rallis was son of the former Greek Prime Minister, Dimitrios Rallis and he came of a family with a long tradition in political leadership.

He studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as in France and Germany. Upon his return to Greece he became a lawyer.

In 1905, he was elected as an MP for the first time; he remained in parliament until 1936, when democracy was abolished in Greece by the 4th of August Regime under Ioannis Metaxas.

Political career

Rallis originally belonged to the Greek conservative, monarchist People's Party. As a member of this party he served in various administrations as:

  • Minister of Navy (4 November 1920 to 24 January 1921). Under Prime Minister Dimitrios Rallis, his father.
  • Minister of Economics (August 26, 1921 to March 2, 1922). Under Prime Minister Dimitrios Gounaris.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs (November 4, 1932 to January 16, 1933). Under Prime Minister Panagis Tsaldaris.

After the victory of the People's Party in Greek legislative election, 1933, he served the new government under Tsaldaris from various...
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