Glafcos Clerides

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Glafcos Clerides
4th President of Cyprus
In office
28 February 1993 – 28 February 2003
Preceded byGeorge Vasiliou
Succeeded byTassos Papadopoulos
In office
23 July 1974 – 7 December 1974
Preceded byNikos Sampson (acting)
Succeeded byArchbishop Makarios III
1st President of the House of Representatives
In office
1960–1976
Preceded byNew office
Succeeded byTassos Papadopoulos
1st President of DISY
In office
1976–1993
Succeeded byYiannakis Matsis
Personal details
Born(1919-04-24)24 April 1919
Nicosia, Cyprus
DiedNovember 15, 2013(2013-11-15) (aged 94)
Nicosia, Cyprus
NationalityGreek Cypriot
Political partyDemocratic Rally (Demokratikos Synagermos)
Spouse(s)Eirini Kliridou (died 6 June 2007)
Alma materKing's College London
ReligionCypriot Orthodox
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Glafcos Ioannou Clerides (Greek: Γλαύκος Ιωάννου Κληρίδης; 24 April 1919 – 15 November 2013) was a Greek-Cypriot politician. He was the fourth President of Cyprus. He was the oldest living former President of the Republic of Cyprus.

Early life[change | change source]

Clerides was born on 24 April 1919 in Nicosia, Cyprus. He studied at the King's College London in London, England.

During World War II, he served in the British Royal Air Force. In 1942 his airplane was shot down over Germany and he was captured. He remained a prisoner of war until the end of the war.[1] His name was mentioned in dispatches for distinguished services. Clerides was also one of the last European leaders who saw active service in World War II.[2]

Career[change | change source]

He was the acting President of Cyprus 7 December 1974, the day of the return of Archbishop Makarios, President of the Republic, who was forced to flee on 16 July 1974.

From 1961 to 1963 he held the position of President of the Cyprus Red Cross. In recognition of his outstanding services he was awarded a Certificate of Honour and Life Membership in recognition of distinguished services to the Red Cross.

In 1976 he founded the right wing Democratic Rally (Demokratikos Synagermos). He was a candidate for the presidency of Cyprus six times and elected to two five-year terms, in 1993 and in 1998. In 1998 his main opponent was Georgios Iakovou. He was defeated in the 2003 presidential election by Tassos Papadopoulos.

During his presidency, Clerides helped his country of Cyprus to become part of the European Union.[3]

Personal Life[change | change source]

Clerides was the eldest son of lawyer and statesman Ioannis Clerides. Clerides was married to Lila-Irene. They have a daughter, Katherine, who is a member of the House of the Representatives for the Democratic Rally Party.[4]

Death[change | change source]

Clerides died on 15 November 2013 from unexplained causes in hospital in Nicosia, Cyprus.[2] Before his death, Clerides suffered many health issues.[2] He was 94 years old.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Profile: Glafcos Clerides
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Glafcos Clerides: Man who steered Cyprus into EU dies
  3. "Cyprus Ex-President Glafcos Clerides Dead at 94". ABC News.com. November 15, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  4. BBC Profile: Glafcos Clerides

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