ALTERNATE MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
Panagiotis Rigas was born in Athens in 1961.
Since his younger years, he has been actively involved in social and political life, first through his trade union activities as a member of student political organisations of the Left and then as secretary of the Primary Education Teachers’ Association of Peristeri "Elli Alexiou".
He has worked as a Primary Education teacher in private and public schools, specialising in Special Needs Education.
He joined the Communist Youth of Greece and the Communist Party of Greece and was a member of the Central Council Office of the Communist Youth of Greece. He has been a member of the Coalition of the Left (SYN) party since its foundation and has served as a member of its Central Political Committee at several periods.
He has been a member of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party Central Committee since the party’s founding conference. He has also served as a member of the Political Secretariat and head of the organisation department. He was elected Secretary of the SYRIZA Central Committee in October 2015 and re-elected in October 2016, serving until August 2018.
With the cabinet reshuffle of 29 August 2018, he took office as Alternate Minister of National Defence.