Former President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, passed away

Former President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, passed away

The political world of Cyprus and Greece expresses its regret

The former President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, has passed away today at the age of 72, his treating physician, Michael Minas, told CNA.

As Mr Minas said, the former president died at 5:36 in the afternoon at the General Hospital of Nicosia, where he was being hospitalized in the last few days.

It should be noted that the deceased had serious problems in the pulmonary system, which had worsened in the last week.

His life

Demetris Christofias served as the 6th President of the Republic of Cyprus. He was appointed President of the Republic on 28 February 2008 after his election victory in the Presidential Elections held on February 24, 2008. His term lasted until February 28, 2013.

At the time of his appointment to the highest office of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias was serving his second five-year term as President of the House of Representatives, a post he held since 2001. He was elected Kyrenia MP with AKEL – Left – New Forces for the first time in the elections of 19 May 1991 and was re-elected in the elections of 26 May 1996, 27 May 2001 and 21 May 2006. In 1976 he was elected a member of the AKEL Provincial Committee of Nicosia-Kyrenia. In 1982 he was elected a member of the Central Committee, in 1986 a member of the Central Committee’s Political Office and in 1987 a member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the party. Following the death of AKEL Secretary General Hezekie Papaioannou on April 10, 1988, the Political Bureau of the Party’s Central Committee appointed him a temporary Secretary-General. On 22 April 1988 the Plenary Session of the Central Committee elected him its Secretary-General, a post to which he was re-elected four times in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005.

At the age of fourteen he became a member of the Pancyprian Unified Student Organization (PEAM). In 1964 he became a member of AKEL, the Pancyprian Labor Federation (PEO) and the Single Democratic Youth Organization (EDON). In 1969, at the EDON 5th Congress, he was elected a member of the Central Council of the Organization. In 1974, after completing his studies in Moscow, he returned to Cyprus and was recruited to EDON, who was elected Central Organizing Secretary. In 1977, he was elected General Secretary of the Organization, a post he held until 1987. Demetris Christofias held many awards and medals, including the Alexander Pushkin Medal of the Russian Federation awarded to him in 2007 for his contribution to the development of friendly relations between Russia and Cyprus and its support for the Russian language and culture. The Grand Cross of the Church of St. Mark, was awarded to him in 2009 by the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Patriarch Theodore II, Collar of the Order of Pius IX, issued in 2010 by AA Pope Benedict XVI, and a Medal of the Order of the Friendship of the Russian Federation, which was awarded to him in 2010 by then President Dmitry Medvedev. He was also honored in 2013 by the Cilician Patriarchate of Cilicia by the Patriarch of Cilicia Aram and in 2013 by the Serbian Prime Minister Tomislav Nikolic. He was born in the occupied District of Kyrenia province on August 29, 1946. He lived in Nicosia and was married to Elsi Chiratou, with whom he had two daughters and a son.

The “goodbye” of the political world

All Cypriot parties, with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, first of all, expressed their regret the death of Demetris Christofias. “It is with great sadness that I was informed of the death of Demetris Christofias. A politician with who for many years traveled on parallel paths, but always for the good of the country. Knowing how much he has suffered from his decadent health, I wish the ground that will cover him to be light, and in his family I express my most sincere condolences”, said Nicos Anastasiades.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, with his post on Twitter, said, “Sadly we bid farewell to Demetris Christofias, a genuine leader of the Cypriot people, a great fighter of the Left, always at the forefront of the social struggles and especially in the struggle for the reunification of Cyprus and the peaceful coexistence of the entire Cypriot people.

His great work will be a retention for the future. Warm condolences to his family and family members”.

As already mentioned, all political parties in Cyprus, as well as the simple people, either with official announcements or with social networking posts, bid farewell to former President Demetris Christofias. The same is true of the T/C politicians who collaborated with Demetris Christofias, such as Mehmet Ali Talat, with whom they “co-existed” politically in the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem./ibna