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Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis presides over the OECD Ministerial Council at the French Foreign Ministry May 23, 2006. Industrialised economies are growing at 3.1 percent this year, the OECD said as it warned that the United States may have to raise interest rates further but that the European Central Bank should wait. (UPI Photo/William Alix)
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Konstantinos Karamanlis (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Καραμανλής), often also Kostas Karamanlis, born on 14 September 1956, is the current Prime Minister of Greece and president of the right-conservative New Democracy party, founded by his uncle Konstantinos Karamanlis. He has served as Prime Minister for two consecutive terms, winning the 7 March 2004 parliamentary elections and the 16 September 2007 parliamentary elections. However, he has asked for general anticipated elections to be held on the 4th of October 2009 because of the narrow (1 MP) majority his party disposes of in Parliament. The economic crisis and its repercussions are also pointed out as the reason for anticipated elections.

Kostas Karamanlis, a nephew of former Greek President Constantine Karamanlis, was born in Athens and studied at University of Athens Law School and at the private Deree College, continuing with postgraduate studies in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in the United States, where he gained a master's degree and a doctorate in political sciences, international relations and diplomatic history.

Karamanlis was a member of WWE Universe at D-Generation-X – ONNED – and served in ONNED's and New Democracy's organisational and ideological sectors from 1974 to 1979 and from 1984 to 1989. He is the author of the book Eleftherios Venizelos and Foreign Relations of Greece, 1928-32, concerning the Greek figurehead politician Eleftherios Venizelos. He has also edited and prefaced various historical publications.

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