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Greece Mourns Passing of KINAL Leader Fofi Gennimata

October 26, 2021

ATHENS — All flags on public building will be flying at half mast on Wednesday due to the national mourning declared by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for the funeral of the late leader of the opposition Movement for Change (KINAL) party, Fofi Gennimata, who died on Monday.

The decision is signed by Interior Minister Makis Voridis.

The student parade scheduled in Thessaloniki on Wednesday for ‘Ohi’ Day celebrations is cancelled due to the national day of mourning for the death of Fofi Gennimata, the Ministry of Interior announced yesterday.

Military and student parades scheduled national on the actual historic day on Thursday, October 28 will be carried out as scheduled, it was added.

Read more: Papandreou: Gennimata “Fought for the Party with Unbelievable Courage”

The family of Fofi Gennimata has requested that instead of wreaths donations be made to charities Kivotos tou Kosmou (Ark of the World) and Chamogelo tou Paidiou (Smile of the Child).

Gennimata will lie in state at the Athens Cathedral on Wednesday before burial on the same day at the First Cemetery of Athens. By government decision, she will be buried with the honors of an active minister at state expense.

Gennimata had served as leader of the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement, or PASOK, since 2015. It was later made part of a center-left umbrella group known as the Movement for Change.

A political science graduate from the University of Athens, Fotini “Fofi” Gennimata was the daughter of the popular late Socialist politician Giorgos Gennimatas, who as health minister in the 1980s helped create the country’s publicly-run National Health Service.

Fofi Gennimata had lost both her parents to cancer by age 30 and was herself first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

Read more: Greek PM Has Modified His Schedule and Will Return to Athens Tonight

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