Greek PM declares October 27 National Day of Mourning for Fofi Gennimata

Greek PM declares October 27 National Day of Mourning for Fofi Gennimata 1

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis declared Wednesday, October 27 a day of national mourning for Fofi Gennimata, following her death from cancer on Monday.

The President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis were among the political leaders who expressed shock, grief and condolences to the family of  Gennimata, following her death from cancer on Monday.

“A brave woman who was fighting with dignity all the battles of her life, the smallest and the biggest ones, without ever losing her bright smile. She has consistently and politically served her principles and the public life. With a kindness of soul that we will all miss. Warm condolences to her family, to her own people. Their pain during these difficult hours is also ours.” said the President of Gennimata.

According to the most recent announcement, Fofi Gennimata,  will lie in state at Athens Cathedral (Mitropoli) as of 10:00 on Wednesday (27/10).

KINAL party said its leader’s funeral service will be held at Athens Cathedral at 14:00 on Wednesday, and the burial will take place at the First Cemetery of Athens.

Gennimata will be buried on Wednesday with honors accorded an active minister and at public expense, the government said.

Donations to charities

Gennimata’s family has requested that instead of wreaths donations be made to charities Kivotos tou Kosmou (Ark of the World) and Chamogelo tou Paidiou (Smile of the Child).

Kivotos tou Kosmou (Ark of the World)

EUROBANK : 0026 0178 870100 872073 IBAN : GR3702601780000870100872073

SWIFT / BIC: ERBKGRAA (FOR OVERSEAS) Bank Address Eurobank Branch No 178,
Piraeus str 9-11, 10552 Athens

ΤΡΑΠΕΖΑ ΠΕΙΡΑΙΩΣ: 5023 – 032595 – 870 IBAN:GR3801720230005023032595870

ΕΘΝΙΚΗ ΤΡΑΠΕΖΑ : 100/296102-42 IBAN: GR6201101000000010029610242

ALPHA BANK : 183002002003534 IBAN: GR4801401830183002002003534

Chamogelo tou Paidiou (Smile of the Child)

Each donor should note the name “Fofi Gennimata” and the code 19963 in their donation.

ALPHA BANK 144-00-2001-000011 GR4601401440144002001000011 (BIC) CRBAGRAA

ΕΘΝΙΚΗ ΤΡΑΠΕΖΑ 116/296076-12 GR8101101160000011629607612 (BIC) ETHNGRAA

ΠΕΙΡΑΙΩΣ 5233-003309-251 GR3301722330005233003309251 (BIC) PIRBGRAA

EUROBANK- ERGASIAS 0026-0201-91-0100432797 GR5802602010000910100432797 (BIC) ERBKGRAA

ΑΤΤΙΚΗΣ 46 464 401 GR8001600690000000046464401 (BIC) ATTIGRAA



Fotini “Fofi” Gennimata (17 November 1964 – 25 October 2021) was a Greek politician who served as president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) from 2015 to 2021.

During her tenure as party leader, she also co-founded and led the Democratic Alignment and the Movement for Change, two successive political alliances of centre-left parties formed around PASOK. She was the daughter of Georgios Gennimatas, a high-profile government minister during the PASOK administrations of the 1980s and 1990s.

Gennimata served as a minister in the Cabinet of George Papandreou between 2009 and 2011, first as Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare and later as Alternate Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs.

From 2001 to 2004, she served as a member of PASOK’s Central Committee, and from 2003 to 2009 she was a member of the Executive Bureau and the Political Council of PASOK. She was twice elected as the President of the Super-Prefecture of Athens and Piraeus, in 2002 and 2006.

Gennimata was blocked from standing as a PASOK candidate in the 2007 legislative election as the supreme court ruled that according to Article 57 of the Constitution of Greece, local government officials cannot stand for election as MPs until they have seen their term out.

From October 2009 to September 2010, Gennimata was Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare in the Cabinet of George Papandreou, and from September 2010 to November 2011, she served as an Alternate Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs in the same cabinet.

In 2012, Gennimata was appointed a spokesperson for PASOK.

Gennimata was elected as Leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement at their tenth conference in 2015, after Evangelos Venizelos stepped down as leader a year before the conclusion of his term. She won the leadership election with 51% of the vote, beating Odysseas Konstantinopoulos and Andreas Loverdos.

Therefore, in the September 2015 snap election, she ran for Prime Minister. PASOK then won 17 seats, 4 more than in the legislative elections of January of that year and moved from eighth to fourth place.

On 20 November 2017 Gennimata was elected as leader of Movement for Change with 56% of the vote, beating Nikos Androulakis. On 24 November 2017, she was re-elected as president of PASOK. In early 2021, Gennimata announced that she was seeking her re-election as leader of Movement for Change. On 12 October 2021, Gennimata was hospitalized due to health reasons and announced her withdrawal from the party leadership.

Gennimata was the daughter of the prominent socialist minister Georgios Gennimatas and Kakia Vergou. Her mother, Kakia Vergou, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984. She died in September 1993, at the age of 54. Her father Georgios Gennimatas, was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 1992. After a brave struggle he passed away on 25 April 1994 at age 54.

In 2008 Gennimata was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Gennimata spoke openly about her health problem. In June 2020 on a TV show she stated about her battle with cancer: For several years I lived with the idea that at some point cancer would knock on my own door. Then our daily life overcame us, we started to live normally and we forgot it, we took it out of our lives. But it came back and after it came back we learned to live with it. On 11 October 2021 Gennimata was hospitalized with Ileus due to metastatic cancer. On 12 October she announced her withdrawal from Movement for Change leadership elections due to the deterioration of her health. On 25 October 2021 Gennimata died at Evangelismos Hospital of Athens. Her death caused nation-wide emotion. The Greek parliament held a minute of silence and decided to suspend its sessions for one week to honor Gennimata.

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