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By Catherine Hardy
Former Greek president Stephanopoulos dies

<p><br /> <br /> </p> <p>Constantine Stephanopoulous has died in hospital in Athens at the age of 90.</p> <p>The former Greek president was taken into hospital with pneumonia on Thursday. Doctors say his condition deteriorated rapidly.</p> <p>In a statement released on Saturday, Mr Stephanopoulos’ doctors said he was suffering from multiple organ failure and was not responding to treatment.</p> <p>A statement released from the Henry Dunant hospital on Sunday said the former head of state died at 11.18pm local time from “complications of pneumonia.”</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Greece?src=hash">#Greece</a> President Costìs Stephanopoulos has passed away.<br /> <span class="caps">RIP</span>. A true statesman. <a href="https://t.co/y9zpmpwh7U">pic.twitter.com/y9zpmpwh7U</a></p>— Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) <a href="https://twitter.com/YanniKouts/status/800453374810288128">November 20, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>A popular president</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>Known widely as Costis, the veteran conservative politician was president from 1995 to 2005.</p> <p>He served the two full terms allowed by the constitution.</p> <p>The office of Greek president is largely ceremonial but Mr Stephanopoulous won wide popularity with his modesty and lack of bombast.</p> <p>Although a conservative, he got along well with politicians from across the spectrum, particularly the moderate socialist Costas Simitis, who was prime minister from 1996 to 2004.</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former Greek President Constantine Stephanopoulos Dead at 90 <a href="https://t.co/Kq6l8zoHUG">https://t.co/Kq6l8zoHUG</a> <a href="https://t.co/EcZ1LVRx2N">pic.twitter.com/EcZ1LVRx2N</a></p>— Voice of America (@VOANews) <a href="https://twitter.com/VOANews/status/800599201977692160">November 21, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Who was Costis Stephanopoulos?</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <ul> <li>Son of a lawyer and politician</li> <li>Born in the western city of Patras on August 15, 1926</li> <li>Began career as a lawyer</li> <li>First elected 1961</li> <li>Deputy trade minister in civilian government after the fall of the military junta in 1974</li> <li>Held various posts in New Democracy governments</li> <li>Formed Renewal Party in 1985</li> <li>Elected to parliament in 1985 and 1989</li> <li>Party disbanded in 1994</li> </ul> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>What they are saying</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>“A moral man with a lofty vision,” – <strong>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras</strong>.</p> <p>“A model of selfless, dignified and consistent service for the public good,” – <strong>President Prokopis Pavlopoulos</strong>.</p>