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Kastanidis Charis

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Charis Kastanidis

Member of Parliament Movement for Change (Kinima Allagis)

Minister (former) Ministry of the Interior

Minister (former) Ministry of Justice

Parliamentary Spokesman (former) PASOK

Member of Parliament (former) PASOK

Haris Kastanidis studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. A member and cadre of PASOK since the early 1970s, he was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1981. He served in a series of ministerial posts since 1985, including as Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, from 2009 to 2011. He left PASOK to found Social Accord (Kinoniki Simfonia), a short-lived party, in 2012. In 2015 he joined Movement of Democrats and Socialists (KIDHSO), a small party founded by former PASOK leader and Prime Minister George Papandreou. He was reelected to Parliament with Movement for Change (Kinima Allagis), a merger of PASOK, KIDHSO and other small parties, in 2019.