The death of Chania Member of Parliament of New Democracy, Manousos Voloudakis, has spread sadness all across Greece. The 57-year-old passed away after a short battle with lung cancer.
Voloudakis was born in Athens on December 16, 1966. He was married to the lawyer Sevi Amanatidou and was the father of three children - Georgios, Sifi, and Daphne.
He studied at the Department of Economics of the University of Athens and holds a Master's degree in Political Economy from the University of Essex, England. He worked as an Economist.
Voloudakis was first elected MP of Chania with the ND in 2007. He was re-elected in the double elections of 2012, as well as in July 2019.
In the current parliamentary term (II) he participated in the following committees of the Parliament: the Standing Committee on Production and Trade, the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, the special Standing Committee on European Affairs, the special Permanent Committee on Hellenism in the Diaspora and in the Constitution Revision Committee.
It was his position in the Committee of Hellenism in the Diaspora that he will be most remembered.
Rafael Issa, Chairman and founder of the The Levantine Greek Association, wrote on his Twitter:
"Terrible news just reached me. The honorable Mr Manousos Voloudakis has passed away. I can't express my condolences enough to his lovely wife and children. Mr Voloudakis was the first person in centuries to invite us, the Greco-Levantine community to the Hellenic Parliament.
"He will always be remembered as the single person who gave our movement a voice and we as a community but mostly me as a person whom admired him will honor his memory Aeona i Mnimi."
He will always be remembered as the single person who gave our movement a voice and we as a community but mostly me as a person whom admired him will honor his memory Aeona i Mnimi 2/2
— Rafael Issa (Mikhail) (@rafaelimikhail) February 8, 2023
MP Manousos Voloudakis of Chania has tragically passed away after a short battle with cancer.
He will be remembered for taking on the Levantine Greek (Greeks from Antioch, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan & Israel) cause for the first time in the Greek parliament and state. pic.twitter.com/Po6rCP0YTg
— Paul Antonopoulos 🇬🇷🇨🇾 (@oulosP) February 8, 2023
Voloudakis was Secretary General of Commerce in the Ministry of Development in the period 2005-2006.
In January 2010 he assumed the position of the Secretary of New Technologies, Research and Innovation of the Republic of Greece, from which he resigned in December 2011 to participate in the next parliamentary elections.
Since June 2012, he has been Deputy Minister of Administrative Reform and Electronic Government.
In October 2015 to June 2019, he worked again in the private sector, assuming the position of CEO of the company International Trade SA, of the VIOHALCO Group, based in Brussels, and in July 2019 he was re-elected MP for Chania.
With his condolences and on behalf of SYRIZA to the New Democracy for Manousos Vouloudakis, Alexis Tsipras also started his speech in the debate about the bloc in the "Kassidiari party".
"Manousos Vouloudakis served Greece with ethics and dignity. Sincere condolences to his family," wrote the Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, in a post on Twitter.
Ο Μανούσος Βουλουδάκης υπηρέτησε την Ελλάδα με ήθος και αξιοπρέπεια. Ειλικρινή συλλυπητήρια στην οικογένειά του.
— Θάνος Πλεύρης (@thanosplevris) February 8, 2023
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