Greece's former PM Constantinos Mitsotakis passes away

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Constantinos Mitsotakis, former Prime Minister of Greece has passed away at the age of 99.

"Today at 1 a.m. Constantine Mitsotakis departed life, surrounded by those whom he loved and who loved him," his family said in a statement. No cause of death was given.

Mitsotakis served as Prime Minister between 1990 and 1993, and after a 60 year political career he retired from active politics in 2004 but remained honorary chairman of the center-right New Democracy party.

He was credited with starting unpopular financial reforms to loosen state control of the economy, which were quietly continued by later governments, and improving relations with Turkey.

Born in the port of Hania on the southern Greek island of Crete on Oct. 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.

His son Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the leader of the main opposition party New Democracy.

 

GCT Team

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