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Leader of the Opposition (Greece)

Leader of the Opposition
Αρχηγός της Αξιωματικής Αντιπολίτευσης
Logo of the largest opposition party
Incumbent
Alexis Tsipras

since 20 June 2012
Term length While leader of the largest political party not in government
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Greece

The Leader of the Opposition (Greek: Αρχηγός της Αξιωματικής Αντιπολίτευσης) is the politician who leads the official Opposition in Greece.

The Leader of the Opposition is normally the leader of the largest party not within the government, which is usually the second largest political party in the Parliament of the Hellenes.

One exception to this rule was during the Papademos government, when Antonis Samaras, leader of the New Democracy Party, despite supporting the new government, retained the position of Leader of the Opposition. According to the Standing Orders of the Hellenic Parliament (Art. 20) "The President of the largest Parliamentary Group which does not participate in the Government, is called Leader of the Opposition and has special rights recognised by the Parliament's Standing Orders and current provisions". Because Samaras wanted to retain this position (which was an awkward decision), no New Democracy MPs joined the Government, since if a single MP had joined the Government as a minister that would have meant that the New Democracy Parliamentary Group participated in the Government. Only non-MPs where allowed to join the Government. In fact, the new Defence Minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, was forced to resign from his seat in order to satisfy the above provision. Despite protests form the other parties, the Parliament's President decided that there was no violation of Art. 20, since no New Democarcy MP participated in the Government.

Following the June 2012 legislative election, [[

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