Phaedon Gizikis

Phaedon Gizikis (Greek: Φαίδων Γκιζίκης [ˈfeðon ɟiˈzicis]; 16 June 1917 – 27 July 1999) was a Greek army general, and the second and last President of Greece under The Junta, from 1973 to 1974.

Phaedon Gizikis
Φαίδων Γκιζίκης
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President of Greece
In office
25 November 1973 (1973-11-25) – 17 December 1974 (1974-12-17)
Prime MinisterAdamantios Androutsopoulos
Preceded byGeorgios Papadopoulos
Succeeded byMichail Stasinopoulos
Personal details
Born(1917-06-16)16 June 1917
Volos, Kingdom of Greece
Died27 July 1999(1999-07-27) (aged 82)
Athens, Greece
Alma materHellenic Military Academy
Military service
Branch/serviceHellenic Army
Years of service1939–1974

Early life and military careerEdit

Born in Volos, Greece, Gizikis was a career Hellenic Army officer. He graduated from the Hellenic Military Academy in 1939, achieving the rank of second lieutenant in artillery, and participated in the Greco-Italian War and the Greek Civil War. In 1967, he supported the Georgios Papadopoulos coup d'état and received a number of senior military posts during the dictatorship that followed.[1]

Later lifeEdit

He was given the title of President of the Republic on 25 November 1973, after Papadopoulos was ousted by Dimitrios Ioannidis 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.

Gizikis retired from the army in 1974, on the same day he resigned from his position as head of state. 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[1]. He died on 27 July 1999 at the NIMTS military hospital in Athens.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Phaedon Gizikis 1917–1999". 2002. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  2. ^ Pace, Eric. "Phaidon Gizikis, '73 Greek Junta Officer, 82." The New York Times 30 July 1999
Political offices
Preceded by
Georgios Papadopoulos
President of Greece
25 November 1973 – 17 December 1974
Succeeded by
Michail Stasinopoulos