|His Excellency The Most Honourable|
|85th President of Aetolia|
22nd March 2014 – 28 October 2019
|Prime Minister||Dimitrios Antoniou|
|Preceded by||Alexei Tavoularis|
|Succeeded by||Sofia Katsaros|
|President of the Agricultural Council|
2 March 2002 – 15 August 2008
|Preceded by||Antonios Floros|
|Succeeded by||Alexis Megalos|
|Mayor of Erimanthia|
17 February 1997 – 3 September 2000
|Preceded by||Giannis Michelakakis|
|Succeeded by||Yannos Sanna|
|Minster of Agriculture|
13 May 1995 – 13 October 1999
|Preceded by||Nik Dimitriou|
|Succeeded by||Athanasios Spiros|
|Senator for Inachos|
3 July 2006 – 14 August 2012
|Preceded by||Eli Vassallo|
|Succeeded by||Ivankor Rodia|
|Member of the Representative Assembly|
24 April 1987 – 13 October 1999
|Born||8 July 1959|
Parisata Valley, Inachos, Aetolia
|Political party||Progressive Party|
|Alma mater||University of Inachos|
Tryfon Iordanou (born 8 July 1949) is a retired Aetolian politician who served as President of Aetolia from 22 March 2014 until 28 October 2019. He was previously the President of the Agricultural Council from 2001 to 2008 and the Minister of Agriculture from 1991 to 1995. He has also served as Mayor of Erimanthia and as a Senator for Inachos.
Early life and education
Iordanou was born in the Parisata Valley of Inachos to parents Maria and Antonios, both of whom were crop farmers. He attended the Parisata Valley State School and graduated as top of class in 1977. He then went on to attend the University of Inachos in Skopelos where he graduated with honours in Agricultural Economics in 1981.
After completing university, Iordanou worked as a farming consultant in the Parisata Valley near his family home. In 1983 Iordanou moved to Erimanthia to work for the national produce cooperative IFL. He met his wife Sophia there in 1984.
Early political career
While working for IFL in Erimanthia, Iordanou became involved in local Progressive Party meetings, having joined the party as a student in 1978. Iordanou's natural oratory ability immediately captured the attention of the local party office and they asked if he had considered becoming a federal representative. He agreed to run in the 1986 primary for the First Division of Erimanthia, but lost to Androu Kritikos. After seeing his close second in the primary, party staff in the Division of Parisata-Veli, Iordanou's hometown, contacted him about running in their primary. At this point, the incumbent representative, Name person, was stepping down and his son was running unopposed in the primary.
Iordanou was selected to run in the primary in August 1986. His only opponent eventually dropped out in his favour, and Iordanou was selected as the Progressive candidate for Parisata-Veli.
First term as representative
Iordanou was elected to the Representative Assembly in 1987 after winning 60.84 percent of the vote in the first round. Konstantina Ioannidis' Socialist government suffered a major defeat at the 1987 election, and the Conservative Party formed a government led by Alexandros Stephanidis. Iordanou found himself in opposition, but proved to be very effective in the Assembly at holding the government to account and pointing out its unconstitutional behaviour.
Iordanou's efforts as a backbench representative earned him an unprecedented promotion to the front-bench halfway through his first term, and the Shadow Agriculture portfolio. As Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Iordanou highlighted several issues with the Stephanidis government's proposed expansion of the State Investment Scheme into the agricultural sector. Investigation had discovered that private agricultural companies had massively funded the Conservative Party campaign for the 1987 election, after the previous Ioannidis government had proposed collectivisation of the entire sector. The proposed changes by Stephanidis would have directed government subsidies into private companies, while loosening regulations on food pricing and quality. Iordanou led a public campaign against these proposed changes, mobilising the agricultural cooperatives against the government. Eventually, after widespread industrial action, the government backed down on the agricultural proposals, but continued with the expansion in other industries.
In 1989, the Federal Electoral Commission announced that it had discovered evidence that there had been systematic voter suppression tactics used by the Conservative Party in several key West Coast electorates during the 1987 election and that it was launching a full audit. Stephanidis fired the Electoral Commissioner and the audit was stopped. Iordanou tabled a motion for a parliamentary inquiry into the election which was passed after the National Party, as well as a large number of Conservative Party MRPs defected from the government to support the motion. The inquiry found that there had been voter suppression efforts carried out in Palaiochori and Upper Kavala-Arnaia, and that this had likely been carried out by operatives of the Conservative Party. Iordanou presented the report to the Assembly, however no further action was taken as it was publicly redacted by the government.
Minister of Agriculture
During the 1995 election campaign, Iordanou fought hard to point out the government's corruption and disregard for constitutional norms. At a public rally in Skopelos during April 1995, Iordanou gathered a large crowd of people as he criticised the government's policies and actions, particularly in regard to welfare and workers rights. The crowd became animated and protests broke out across the city. Support for the Progressives led to crushing defeat for the incumbent Conservative government. At the election, Iordanou was returned to his seat with a substantial 75.6 percent of the vote.
The Progressives won the election and formed the new government, and new Prime Minister Georgia Mundi appointed Iordanou as Minister of Agriculture within his cabinet. As Minister, Iordanou was responsible for overseeing major reforms of the sector. The reforms involved the Agriculture Structuring Act 1993, which placed all agricultural operators under the direction of the Agricultural Council, which was to have many district sub-bodies and be made up of local farmers and industry members. Private operators were broken up and placed under the control of government-backed cooperatives. Supermarkets also were regulated by the Agricultural Council to ensure that food prices remained affordable for consumers. TBC
In the lead-up to the 1999 election, Iordanou decided not to stand for re-election, citing that he wanted to take time to look after his young family.
Mayor of Erimanthia
After a two-year hiatus from politics, Iordanou announced his intention to run for Mayor of Erimanthia. Part of his campaign policies included an improved rail link to Skopelos and re-organisation of the local Agricultural Council. TBC
Iordanou was elected in 2001 as Mayor with 67.7 percent of the vote in the second round.
In his role as Mayor, Iordanou chaired the local Agricultural Council, making him eligible for election as President of the National Council. He was nominated in 2001 and selected by the National Congress in 2002.
President of the Agricultural Council
As President, Iordanou took a more active role than his predecessors had in making decisions. He shaped the role into the chief regulator of the industry and made the council active in regulation and setting the direction within long-term industry plan documents.
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Iordanou's presidency was supported by a consistent Progressive Party-led government in the Representative Assembly. This allowed Iordanou considerable scope to implement his policies with the support of his party. Despite running on an ambitions platform in the election, Iordanou governing largely in deference to the Prime Minister and the Executive Council, effectively allowing Prime Minister Dimitrios Antoniou to set the governments agenda. This is in contrast with his predecessors, while both in the support of the then governments, were from different parties yet generally asserted their own agenda to a far greater extent.
Iordanou's focus on responsibilities reserved to the Presidency saw him travelling abroad for large portions of his Presidency and he remained out of the public view for several months at a time. It emerged in late-2018 that much of Iordanou's sparse public appearances could be attributed to supporting his wife with her diagnosis of breast cancer. His wife had progressed into late stage cancer and her condition was deteriorating quickly. Soon after, Kosmos Typos reported Iordanou had struck a personal agreement with the Prime Minister about the President's role in government following his wife's diagnosis in early 2015. As Antoniou was still enjoying high approval ratings, so the reaction to this news was little.
Iordanou did maintain an active foreign presence during his presidency, going on several overseas missions and visiting the Dinaric "colonies" in 2017, the first time an Aetolian President had done so since 1995. Blah blah... TBC.
Iordanou's wife died in July 2019, months before the 2019 Aetolian presidential election. Iordanou announced soon after he would not seek reelecting due to his personal circumstances. A state funeral was held for his wife (who was a prominent community advocate in her own right) in July 2019. During this period, Iordanou took an official leave of absence from the Presidency and Angelos Marinos stood in as acting president. Iordanou returned to the Presidency for his final months, primarily promoting the cause of community and expressing support for increasing funding for cancer screening.
Iordanou has stated in a 2020 interview with Kosmos Typos that he is filled with great sadness when he reflects on his presidential term, stating his battle his wife was enduring weighed on his mind for much of his time. He revealed he had initially considered resigning the Presidency in 2015, but continued on at the insistence of his wife. When asked about his future aspirations Iordanou stated he would like to take some time to properly grieve for his wife, but felt his political career was not completely over. Asked if he would consider running for president again, he would not rule it out.