NewsLocalFormer Greek President Papoulias dies at 92 (Update)

Former Greek President Papoulias dies at 92 (Update)


Former Greek President Karolos Papoulias passed away this morning (December 26). He was 92.

Born outside Ioannina in northern Greece and a law graduate, Papoulias entered politics in 1974, joining socialist party PASOK, quickly rising in its ranks and become a close associate of its late leader and former Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou.
He served as MP from 1977 to 2004.
Papoulias was foreign minister in two Papandreou governments between 1985-1989 and 1993 to 1996.
As foreign minister in the early to mid 90s, he played a significant role in pushing for the start of accession negotiations between Cyprus and the EU.

He was elected President of the Hellenic Republic by parliament in 2005 and re-elected for a 2nd term five-year term in 2010.

The Greek statesman has three daughters.

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou paid tribute to Papoulias for his role in the resistance against Nazi occupation during World War Two and against Greece’s 1967-74 military junta.

“His participation in the national resistance and the anti-dictatorship struggle…reflected his continuous devotion to the ideals of freedom and justice, which he defended throughout his life,” Sakellaropoulou said in a statement.

In Cyprus, President Anastasiades expressed his sadness on the passing of Papoulias, saying his was a friend of Cyprus and always supported its just cause,

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