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Dora Bakoyannis (Greek: Ντόρα Μπακογιάννη, pronounced [ˈdoɾɐ bɐkoˈjɐni]), born Theodora Mitsotaki (Greek: Θεοδώρα Μητσοτάκη; May 6, 1954), is a Greek politician. From 2006 to 2009 she was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, the highest position ever held by a woman in the Cabinet of Greece; she was also Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2009. Previously she was the Mayor of Athens from 2003 to 2006, the first female mayor in the city's history, and the first woman to serve as mayor of a city hosting the Olympic Games. She also served as Minister for Culture of Greece from 1992 to 1993. She currently serves as an independent member of the Hellenic Parliament representing unofficially Democratic Alliance, the political party she founded in 2010, having been expelled from the opposition New Democracy party. She rejoined New Democracy on 21 May 2012, ahead of the parliamentary election in June.

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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and his Greek colleague Dora Bakoyannis in Athens
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and his Greek colleague Dora Bakoyannis in Athens
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