A few days after former Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) MP Thanos Plevris defected to center-right New Democracy, his father, Kostas Plevris, returned to LAOS’s ranks as the party’s leading candidate in the upcoming June 17 general elections.

The announcement was made on Thursday by LAOS leader Giorgos Karatzaferis who hailed the return of Plevris senior, a former LAOS candidate in the 2004 general elections.

An attorney at law, Kostas Plevris is also the author of several works, including “Jews: The Whole Truth,” in which he denies the Holocaust. He is also the founder of two nationalist parties, 4th of August and Front Line.

Meanwhile, Thanos Plevris is one of four former deputies to have broken away from the nationalist party to join New Democracy. Giorgos Anatolakis, Pavlos Markaris and Kyriakos Velopoulos also joined the conservatives.

LAOS failed to gather the necessary 3 percent of the vote required for Parliament entry on May 6. ND chief Antonis Samaras has called for the formation of a broad center-right front in view of a fresh election on June 17.