Former Greek President Karolos Papoulias Dies at 92

Karolos Papoulias
Karolos Papoulias died on Boxing Day at the age of 92. Credit: AMNA

Former President of Greece Karolos Papoulias died on Sunday 26 December at the age of 92.

Papoulias, who was also foreign minister in 1985-89 and 1993-96, was a high-ranking member of socialist PASOK party and a close associate of its late leader and former prime minister Andreas Papandreou.

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou paid tribute for his role in the resistance against Nazi occupation during World War Two and against Greece’s 1967-74 military junta.

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“His participation in the national resistance and the anti-dictatorship struggle…reflected his continuous devotion to the ideals of freedom and justice, which he defended throughout his life,” Sakellaropoulou said in a statement.

“Αs President of the Republic ηε honored the highest state institution, vigorously defending social cohesion and national unity,” she added.

Ευπατρίδης και βαθύς γνώστης της πολιτικής και της διπλωματίας, ο Κάρολος Παπούλιας ως Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας τίμησε τον ανώτατο πολιτειακό θεσμό, υπερασπιζόμενος με σθένος την κοινωνική συνοχή και την εθνική ενότητα. Θερμά συλλυπητήρια στην οικογένειά του.

— President GR (@PresidencyGR) December 26, 2021

Papoulias was President of Greece between 2005 and 2015

He was born in the village Molybdoskepastos of Ioannina and was son of major general Grigorios Papoulias.

He obtained a Law degree from the University of Athens, a master’s degree in Public International Law and International Relations from the University of Milan, and a doctorate in Private International Law from the University of Cologne.

He was an associate of the Munich Institute for Southeast Europe. Apart from his native Greek, he also spoke English, French, German and Italian

In 1974 he became a member of the political party PASOK and was elected MP with PASOK for 26 years (1977-2004).

He was elected President of the Hellenic Republic in February 2005 from the first round and was re-elected president on February 3, 2010.

Papoulias was married to May (Maria) Panou and had three daughters.

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