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Former DIKO MP Nicos Pittokopitis dies

Nikos Pittokopitis, former Paphos MP with DIKO from 1991 to 2006, died on Sunday at the age of 72.

Reports said Pittokopitis had been suffering from thrombopenia, a disease of the blood.

A prominent parliamentarian throughout his tenure, he served as chairman of the House Communications Committee and was a member of the Labour and Social Insurance and Interior Committees.

Pittokopitis also rose to the higher ranks of DIKO’s hierarchy, serving as its first vice-chairman and member of the party’s central and political committees, as well as its executive office.

Born in 1941 in Dhrousia, Paphos, Pittokopitis was actively involved in the 1955-59 campaign to rid Cyprus of British colonial rule, as well as the 1963-64 inter-communal clashes.

Pittokopitis also fought against the 1974 coup.

Pittokopitis also served as district secretary of the Cyprus Workers’ Confederation (SEK) for 27 years and headed the Paphos Greek Cooperative Savings Bank.

He is also former president of Paphos athletic club Evagoras, and was a member of the Paphos Coordinating Committee of Parties and Organisations from 1973 to 1996.

Pittokopitis’ funeral will be held at noon on Tuesday at Panagias Pantanassas church in Paphos.

His family requests that donations to the Paphos social grocery are made instead of flowers.

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