NICOSIA – Tributes have been pouring in for Defence Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos who died at 1.30pm on Saturday, a day after suffering a suffering an extensive brain haemorrhage. He was 48.
President Anastasiades will chair an extraordinary meeting of cabinet at 7.00 pm, while a meeting has been scheduled at the Defence Ministry at 5.00 pm.
Politicians from across the political spectrum paid tribute to Mitsopoulos, a two term MP and close associate of the president. They praised Mitsopoulos’ integrity, saying he was a politician who demonstrated rare political ethos.
Born in Larnaca on May 30, 1965, he was married to Katerina Vati with whom he had a daughter and a son. He studied Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Still in his twenties he served as Special Advisor to the Greek Foreign Ministry and was Director at current Greek Foreign Minister of Dimitris Avramopoulos’ office from 1993-1995
before President Anastasiades, then president of Disy asked him to head his office.
He served as press office of Disy, was elected MP for Larnaca in 2006 and again in 2011 when he received the most votes of all MPs in the district.
In 2013, on the election of Anastasiades as president, he was appointed Communications Minister and on March 14 moved to the Defence Ministry after Diko left the government.
Speaking minutes after his death Health Minister Philippos Patsalis said his family and Cyprus had lost an exceptional man.
Earlier on Saturday doctors said that his condition was showing deterioration and was irreversible.
President Anastasiades had visited the minister earlier on Saturday and said only prayers could help.