Demetris Christofias, also spelled Dimitris Christofias (Greek: Δημήτρης Χριστόφιας [ðiˈmitɾis xɾiˈstofças]; 29 August 1946 – 21 June 2019), was a Cypriot politician. He was the sixth President of Cyprus from 2008 to 2013. Christofias was the General Secretary of AKEL, the communist party of Cyprus, and was the European Union's and Cyprus' first, and so far only, communist head of state.
|6th President of Cyprus|
28 February 2008 – 28 February 2013
|Preceded by||Tassos Papadopoulos|
|Succeeded by||Nicos Anastasiades|
|9th President of the House of Representatives|
7 June 2001 – 28 February 2008
|Preceded by||Spyros Kyprianou|
|Succeeded by||Marios Garoyian|
|4th General Secretary of the |
Progressive Party of Working People
22 April 1988 – 21 February 2009
|Preceded by||Ezekias Papaioannou|
|Succeeded by||Andros Kyprianou|
|Born||29 August 1946|
Kato Dikomo, British Cyprus
|Died||21 June 2019 (aged 72)|
|Political party||Progressive Party of Working People|
|Alma mater||Russian Academy of Sciences|
He won the 2008 Cypriot presidential elections in the second round of voting. Throughout the election campaign, he promised to restart talks with Turkish Cypriots in order to find an answer to the Cyprus dispute and reunify the island. He has also supported the closure of the British military bases on Cyprus.
On 20 May 2019, Christofias was hospitalized in Nicosia due to an acute respiratory infection and was under critical condition. He died a month later on 21 June 2019 from respiratory failure at the age of 72.