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Constantine Mitsotakis, former prime minister of Greece

Politics and Military

Constantine Mitsotakis (98) former conservative prime minister remembered for fierce confrontations with Greece's liberal and socialist parties and early free-market reforms during a 60-year political career. Mitsotakis was prime minister between 1990–93, a brief spell during 20 years dominated by his Socialist rivals. He retired from active politics in 2004 but remained honorary chairman of the center-right New Democracy party. He was credited with starting unpopular financial reforms to loosen state control of the economy, which were quietly continued by later governments, and improving relations with Turkey. But he was also often regarded as a divisive figure in a country struggling to escape its volatile political history. He died in Athens, Greece on May 29, 2017.


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