Nikos Sampson

Cypriot politician (1935-2001)

Nikos Sampson (December 16, 1935 – May 9, 2001) was a Cypriot politician. He was the leader of Cyprus for eight days in 1974. He had been active in EOKA before Cyprus became independent from the United Kingdom. EOKA wanted Cyprus and Greece to become a single country, and fought with the Turks in Cyprus.[1] Afterwards, he became active in EOKA-B, which was a continuation of EOKA. In 1974, EOKA-B overthrew the government of Cyprus, and chose Nikos Sampson as President. Soon afterward, Turkey invaded Cyprus, and Nikos Sampson resigned from office. Afterward, he was tried for treason, and sent to prison for twenty years. Nikos Sampson died in 2001.

Nikos Sampson
de facto President of the Republic of Cyprus
In office
15 July 1974 – 23 July 1974
Preceded byMakarios III
Succeeded byGlafcos Clerides (acting)
Personal details
BornDecember 16, 1935
DiedMay 9, 2001 (aged 65)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Political partyProgressive Party


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  2. ^ "EOKA shooters and bombers "
  3. ^ James Ker-Lindsay, "Britain and the Cyprus Crisis 1963-64" (2004)
  4. ^ Mallinson, William (June 30, 2005). Cyprus: A Modern History. I. B. Tauris. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-85043-580-8.
  5. ^ "Mr Nicos Sampson denies he knew coup was coming". The Times Digital Archive (Reuters). July 26, 1974.