Greek Socialist Party leader dies at 57 after cancer battle


ATHENS, October 25 (Reuters)Fofi Gennimata, the leader of the Greek opposition socialist movement for change, died on Monday after a long battle with cancer.

The death of Gennimata, who was 57, was announced by Evangelismos Hospital where she was being treated in recent weeks.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was “shocked” to learn of Gennimata’s death, his office said in a statement.

Mitsotakis, who arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday for a two-day visit, would change his schedule and return to Greece on Tuesday evening, his office said. A tour of the Greek islands scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday has also been canceled.

Gennimata was elected leader of the former ruling PASOK party in 2015, and in 2017 was appointed president of the Movement for Change, a coalition of center-left parties that has formed around PASOK.

Gennimata was the daughter of Greek politician Georgios Gennimatas, a founding member of PASOK, who was dominant in Greece in the 1980s and 1990s. A mother of three, she was first elected to parliament in 2000.

(Report by Angeliki Koutantou, edited by Timothy Heritage)

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