Phaedon Gizikis

Phaedon Gizikis

Phaedon Gizikis (Φαίδων Γκιζίκης) (June 17, 1917July 26, 1999) was a Greek Army officer and President of Greece from 1973 to 1974.

Born on 16 June, 1917, in Volos, Greece, Phaedon Gizikis was a career Greek army officer. In 1967 he supported the Georgios Papadopoulos' coup d'etat and received a number of senior military posts during the dictatorship that followed.

He was given the figurehead title of President of the Republic on 25 November 1973, after Papadopoulos was ousted by Dimitrios Ioannides as head of the regime in an internal power struggle.

After the fall of the dictatorship in 1974, he retained his post for four months pro tempore until a new constitution could be enacted during metapolitefsi; he was then replaced by Michail Stasinopoulos.

Later he retired from the army. In 1976, a military judicial council dropped proceedings against him and 88 other former officers charged with treason and mutiny for collaborating with the former junta. . He died on Monday July 26, 1999 at the NIMTS military hospital in Athens.

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