Dimitris Koutsoumpas New Greek Communist Chief



Dimitris Koutsoumpas
Dimitris Koutsoumpas

After the conclusion of the works by the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) the Central Committee published the following statement:

“The works of the 19th Congress of the KKE have been concluded with the election of the new Central Committee which, after it’s first meeting, elected Dimitris Koutsoumpas as the new Secretary General”.

Dimitris Koutsoumpas succeeds Aleka Papariga who was Secretary General of the KKE since 1991. In recent years, her vehement stand against austerity measures being imposed by the government on the orders of international lenders hasn’t boosted the party’s popularity and it now languishes near the bottom in voter support and has a marginal representation in the Parliament, holding only 12 of 300 seats.

After 22 years of leading Greece’s KKE Communist party, which is languishing near the bottom of opinion polls and is a marginal entity in the Greek Parliament with almost no influence, Aleka Papariga could be stepping down, the Athens newspaper Kathimerini reported.

Papariga had hinted at the possibility of stepping down in recent interviews with local media. Speaking to Kathimerini in March, she said it was up to the party’s congress to determine its next leadership, while in the beginning of the year, she had told Mega television station that KKE had developed a new generation of highly capable party officials.

She was the first woman to head a major political party in Greece although the Communist’s role has been marginalized for years and has little following beyond that of symbolic. KKE was outlawed after the Greek Civil War but legalized again by Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis in 1974.

Papariga, 67, started in politics as a peace activist and joined KKE in 1968, at a time it was still banned by the ruling right-wing military junta repressive dictatorship.


4 COMMENTS

  1. You left out the part were she sent here daughter to an expensive American college that very few capitalists could afford Andy, but then again that’s why KKE is finished and Golden dawn is on it’s way to the top.

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  3. I would note Greek reporter constantly writes articles against far right extremism but seems to have no issue with far leftist extremism,

    According to allegedly moderate leftist Greek Reporter, COMMUNIST Mr. Papariga is “peace activist” not a far left extremist.

  4. Apparently treasonous cowardly leftist extremists like Mr. Dablis, (who standers anyone on the right as “fascist” and “rascist”) seems to have conveniently forgotten Greek history.

    The communists like Syriza and KKE that “peace activist” Mr. Papaariga’s so admire were responsible for the deaths of over 120,000 Greeks during the Greek civil war. (when they betrayed their country to IMRO, attempted to detach Macedonia from Greece, and tried to turn us into a communist dictatorship) The Greek people should never forget the atrocities committed on Greeks by anti-democratic communist monsters back then….

    Here is what US President Truman said:

    “Since the last report submitted November 7, 1947, Greece has been subjected to ever
    increasing pressure by the Communist minority, which, subservient to the
    foreign influences from which it draws support, would impose its will on the
    Greek people by force of arms. It is significant that the guerrilla warfare is
    directed not against the Greek Army but against the people of Greece.

    The deliberate and wanton destruction of Greek villages does not result from
    military engagements. It is determined and ruthless destruction intended to
    render people homeless and drive them from the soil; to force them into
    overcrowded urban centers where they become charges of an already overburdened
    state; and to create for them conditions of misery and hardship in the hope that
    this will make them susceptible to political agitation.[…]here are members of
    the United States Congress who visited Greece during the past few months who
    know what horrible reprisals are taken against those unwilling to fight for the
    Communist guerrillas. ”
    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=13094&st=greece&st1=