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Dora Bakoyannis :

Dora Bakoyannis was appointed Greece's first Foreign Minister in 2006. She began work on February 15th, 2006.

Duties of the Foreign Minister of Greece:

The Foreign Minister of Greece meets with visiting heads of state and makes official visits to other countries. The Foreign Minister also helps to create the foreign policy of Greece.

Dora Bakoyannis - Early Life:

Dora Bakoyannis was born in 1954, the eldest child of Constantine Mitsotakis who served as Prime Minister of Greece from 1990 to 1993. During the military junta in the 1970s, she and her family lived in exile in Paris.

Dora Bakoyannis - More on Her Life:

Dora attended the University of Athens, where she studied political science and public law. She married to Pavlo Bakoyannis, a journalist and deputy member of Parliament. They had two children, Alexia and Costas. Pavlo Bakoyannis was killed in a terrorist attack in 1989. She ran for his seat in Parliament and was elected, firmly launching her political career. In 1998, she married again, this time to Greek businessman Isidoros Kouvelos.

Dora Bakoyannis - Other Political Experience:

Dora Bakoyannis handled many roles for the New Democracy political party and served as Chief of Staff for her father and as Minister of Culture. She was elected to Parliament and then was elected Mayor of Athens, Greece in 2002 and presided over preparing her city for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.

Dora Bakoyannis - Assassination Attempt:

In December, 2002, shortly before taking office as mayor of Athens, assassins attempted to kill Dora Bakoyannis. She was wounded but survived.

Dora Meets Condoleeza:

In April, 2006, shortly after taking office, Dora Bakoyannis greeted Condoleeza Rice, the Secretary of State of the United States, during an official visit. Protestors against U.S. policies filled the streets and vigorously made their views known during the meetings of the U.S. envoy with Greek political leaders.

Dora Bakoyannis and the Arts:

While Mayor of Athens, Bakoyannis expanded the city's public arts and sponsored a series of concerts and other artistic events. These free events drew acclaim from both Greeks and foreign visitors. Previously, she was also in charge of the program to link up Athens' archaeological sites by pleasant public pathways, making it easier to visit them and revitalizing the areas in between the major monuments.

Dora Bakoyannis - A 21st Century Woman Politician:

Overcoming the trauma of exile from her home country as a child and the assassination of her husband, Dora Bakoyannis became Greece's first woman Foreign Minister in 2006. After receiving wide praise for her successful management of Athens' preparations to host the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, she enjoyed the highest approval rating of any Greek politician up to that point. In her new role as Foreign Minister, observers expect her to be tough on terrorism but to focus on increasing Greece's positive profile abroad. During the chaotic days leading up to the evacuation of Beirut, Greek ships were among the first on the scene to help evacuate the city, and the United States thanked Greece for safely removing a number of U.S. citizens.
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