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Deputy parliament speaker Nakos, 63, dies

Conservative MP and deputy Parliament speaker Athanasios Nakos died on Thursday at the age of 63.

Nakos, who earlier this month underwent bypass surgery, was recently admitted to intensive care after contracting a respiratory infection. Doctors on Thursday said he died of respiratory failure.

Born in Volos, central Greece, in 1950, Nakos was first elected Magnesia MP with the conservative New Democracy party in 1993. He went on to win a Parliament seat in every subsequent election.

Nakos served as deputy interior minister during the 2004-2009 administration of Costas Karamanlis. He was elected Parliament speaker following general elections in May 2012 and again in June.

Nakos is survived by his wife and two children. His parliamentary seat will be taken by ND’s Zeta Makri.