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Anastasiades visits ‘critically ill’ Christofias (Update 2)

Former president Demetris Christofias

Former president of the Republic Demetris Christofias is in critical condition and is being treated in the Nicosia general hospital intensive care unit, the health ministry said on Monday.

Christofias, 72, was transferred to the intensive care unit at Nicosia general hospital due to respiratory problems, a statement by the health ministry said.

He had been admitted to the hospital’s transplant unit on Saturday but it was decided to move him to the ICU as his condition worsened.

“The state of his health is considered critical,” the statement noted.

The minister of health is in constant contact with Christofias’ doctors, it added. Updates on the state of Christofias’ health would be given depending on developments. A medical council will be held on Tuesday to evaluate the former president’s condition.

Christofias had a life-saving kidney transplant with his sister as the donor years ago but it is understood he is suffering from other ailments also.

Christofias was president from February 2008 to February 2013.

President Nicos Anastasiades visited his predecessor at around 7.15pm.

A visibly moved Anastasiades told reporters afterwards that Christofias was going “through difficult times”.

“I hope it is overcome. I want to express my sorrow,” he added.

“Sometimes when you’re faced with reality you wonder how petty we become through the words said at times of anger or as a result of the rivalry.”

“But what is most important is that feelings remain feelings and I must say that with Demetris Christofias we have travelled a political course from the youth years until now, I wish him well.”

Political parties and politicians issued statements wishing Christofias well.

 

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