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Former Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis dies

29/05/2017


Former Prime Minister and Honorary President of New Democracy (ND) Constantine Mitsotakis died at 01.00 am on Monday.
“Constantine Mitsotakis died today at 01:00 am, surrounded by the persons he loved and who loved him”, said his family in an announcement.


Born in Chania, Crete, on October 18, 1918, Mitsotakis was the nephew of liberal statesman Eleftherios Venizelos and was first elected to Parliament as a member of that party in 1946. He served in several cabinet posts, including finance minister. In 1961, he was elected deputy with the party of George Papandreou, Center Union. In 1965, he led a group of dissidents who abandoned George Papandreou's liberal Center Union government following a clash over control of the armed forces.


Mitsotakis was arrested along with other politicians at the start of the seven-year dictatorship, and he later lived in exile in Paris until shortly before the junta collapsed in 1974.


In 1977, he re-entered the Parliament at the head of the small neoliberal party and a year later he joined the governing New Democracy party, serving first as finance minister and later as foreign minister. He became the party's leader in 1984.


Mitsotakis became prime minister in April 1990. Mitsotakis' government was brought down by a group of conservative dissenters in 1993. On October 26, he resigned from party leader and became honorary president of New Democracy.


He retired from active politics in 2004 but remained honorary chairman of New Democracy party.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras telephoned main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday to express his condolences. The Greek premier also wrote a message of condolence, in which he stressed that Constantine Mitsotakis was one of the figures that had help shape modern Greece and one of the main protagonists of the country's recent political history.


"With the loss of Constantine Mitsotakis, a great and important chapter in the history of this country is concluded...in the post-junta period he made a decisive contribution to establishing democracy and our country's European course. To his family, those close to him and to his party, I express my sincere condolences," he wrote.

 

The funeral will be held at public expense and with the honours reserved for a serving prime minister, based on a joint ministerial decision signed by the interior, national defence and finance ministries on Monday.

 

There will be a four-day period of public mourning, starting from the day of his death, and from Monday until the day of his funeral flags will fly half-mast on all public buildings, local government buildings, public-sector legal entity branches and banks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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