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Former Cypriot President dies
Glafcos Clerides who served as president of the Cyprus Republic from 1993 to 2003 died on 15 November aged 95.
Glafcos Clerides was born in Nicosia in 1919 and is the eldest son of lawyer Yiannis Kliridis.
After graduating from high school, he studied in England, and when the war started he enrolled in the British Royal Air Force. In 1942, his plane crashed in Germany and he was a prisoner until the end of the war.
He studied law at the University of Londonís Kings College. In 1951, he became a Barrister-at-Law. From 1951 to 1960 he was a lawyer in Cyprus. In July 1960, he was elected a member and then a Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic. After the Turkish invasion in 1974, he was the founder of the current conservative ruling party Democratic Rally (DISY).
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