Mitsotakis served as Prime Minister from 1990-1993. During his term, he was credited among other achievements for consolidating Greek-EU ties. Throughout his 60+ years on the political scene, he was also known for his confrontations with Greece’s liberal and socialist parties as well as early free-market reforms.
Although he retired from politics in 2004, he remained honourary chairman of the New Democracy party. During his term in office, he implemented financial reforms to loosen state control of the economy and improved relations with Turkey.
Born in Chania, Crete on October 18, 1918, Mitsotakis was a nephew of liberal statesman Eleftherios Venizelos and was first elected to Parliament in 1946.
A brief family statement confirmed the news earlier today. “Today at 1am, Constantine Mitsotakis departed life, surrounded by those whom he loved and who loved him.”