Former main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader, former minister and former Athens mayor Miltiades Evert passed away on Wednesday at the age of 72.

The regrettable news was announced in Parliament by Health Minister Andreas Loverdos, also expressing his condolences to his family. ND Parliamentary representative Costas Marko-poulos also expressed his condolences.

PM, Samaras on passing of former ND leader Evert

Prime Minister George Papandreou expressed his sadness over the passing of former New Democracy (ND) party leader Miltiades Evert, terming him a “militant politician who struggled with vigour for his ideas and principles.”

Papandreou added that “his presence in the country’s public life was intense and decisive. It constituted one of the basic and steadfast elements of the conservative party.”

Main opposition ND leader Antonis Samaras in a statement from Frankfurt said that "Greece became poorer today," adding that "I was just informed, in Frankfurt where I am, of the sad news of the death of Miltiades Evert, former President of New Democracy. A fighter for the party, the country, Democracy. Because Evert was this above all: A fighter. The warm condolences of all of us to his family."

Health and Social Insurance Minister Andreas Loverdos expressed warm condolences on behalf of the government over the passing of Miltiades Evert.

Condolences were also expressed by Parliamentary representatives of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) and the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) as well as by independent deputy Nikos Tsoukalis.