The president said that veteran Greek politician Karolos Papoulias, who served as president during the height of the economic crisis of the 2010s, died yesterday at the age of 92.
In a statement, President Katerina Sakeraroprou said, “I am saddened to give my final greeting to Karolos Papoulias,” and thanked him for “actively defending social cohesion and national unity.”
Papolias spent 10 years as president after being elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2010. During the crisis, the country has fallen into the most serious political and economic turmoil of decades.
His popularity has been hit hard to support austerity policies dictated by international lenders in return for the relief that caused the violent protest. In October 2012, demonstrators blocked a national parade in Thessaloniki and chanted a “traitor” in Papolias.
Before leaving the parade, Papolias told reporters: I was a resistance fighter at the age of 15 and was fighting Nazism and the Germans. “
However, he gave up his salary in solidarity with “people’s sacrifice.”
Born in Ioannina, northwestern Greece in 1929, he was a national pole vault champion and a member of the national volleyball team when he was young. He later studied law in Athens, Italy and Germany and became a lawyer in 1963.
During Greece’s 1967-1974 dictatorship, he went into exile in Germany and was the co-founder of the PASok, which became one of the most dominant political parties in the post-dictatorship era. I’m alone.
He was a member of parliament from 1977 to 2000 and served twice as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the socialist government.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/706946/Former-Greek-president-Papoulias-dies-at-92 Former Greek President Papolias dies at age 92