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Former Greek president Stephanopoulos dies aged 90

Published 21/11/2016

Constantine Stephanopoulos served as president from 1995-2005 (AP)
Constantine Stephanopoulos served as president from 1995-2005 (AP)

Former Greek president Constantine Stephanopoulos has died aged 90.

His condition deteriorated rapidly after going into hospital on Thursday with pneumonia, according to reports.

His doctors had released a statement on Saturday saying he was suffering from multiple organ failure and was not responding to treatment.

Known widely by his first name diminutive, Costis, Mr Stephanopoulos was president from 1995 to 2005, serving the two full terms allowed by the constitution.

Although the office is largely ceremonial, Mr Stephanopoulos won wide popularity with his modesty and lack of bombast.

Although a conservative, he got along very well with politicians from across the spectrum, especially moderate socialist Costas Simitis, who was prime minister from 1996 to 2004.

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