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Greece in Mourning as Fofi Gennimata is Laid to Rest

Fofi Gennimata
Greece is in a state of mourning for socialist leader Fofi Gennimata. Credit: AMNA

Fofi Gennimata will be laid to rest with full state honors Wednesday with the City of Athens covering the cost of the funeral in honor of her contribution to Greece.

She will be laid to rest at Athens’ First Cemetery, in the family tomb alongside her father, Georgios Gennimatas – one of the founders of the PASOK party.

Wednesday, October 27, has been declared a day of national mourning, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis declared on Monday. All flags on public buildings are flying at half mast.

Fofi Gennimata and her long battle with cancer

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The mother of three died at the capital’s Evangelismos Hospital on Monday after a long battle with cancer. She was 57.

On October 11 she was admitted to Athens’ Evangelismos Hospital with an intestinal obstruction. She died “after a years’ long battle and despite the efforts of her attending physicians,” the hospital’s administration said in a statement on Monday, expressing its condolences to her family.

Gennimata, leader of the socialist party PASOK and the center-left coalition Movement for Change (KINAL), withdrew from the race to elect a new leader for the party that is due to take place in December. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

The 57-year-old politician has been president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) since 2015. Since 2017, she served as the president of the Movement for Change, a coalition of center-left parties formed around PASOK.

Gennimata, the daughter of Greek politician Giorgos Gennimatas, who was credited for establishing the Greek public health system during the government of PASOK in the 1980’s, was a well-respected figure in the politics of the country.

In the last national elections of July 2019, the KINAL alliance took 8.1 percent of the vote, electing 22 MPs. It’s currently the third-largest Parliamentary group in Greece.

Related: After 45 Years, Anniversary of Founding of PASOK More a Memorial than a Celebration

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