Former President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias passed away on Friday at the age of 72.
The announcement was made by his doctor, Michail Minas, who said Demetris Christofias, who had been hospitalised for weeks, died at 05:36pm local time at the Nicosia General Hospital.
He had developed severe pneumological complications, which worsened over the past few days.
President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has expressed his deepest condolences to Demetris Christofias’ family, noting that he heard the news of his death with great sorrow.
Demetris Christofias was the sixth President of the Republic of Cyprus. He was elected President on 24 February 2008, and assumed his duties on 28 February 2008. He held the office until 28 February 2013.
At the time of his election he was serving his second term as President of the House of Representatives.
Demetris Christofias was born in Dikomo in the Kyrenia District on 29 August 1946. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Chiratou, and two daughters and a son.