The statement said the health minister is in touch with Christofias' doctors and an update on the former president's health will be issued when his condition changes. The Soviet-educated Christofias, 72, who led the communist-rooted AKEL party for more than two decades, was elected in 2008 to a single five-year term on the east Mediterranean island nation.
Cyprus' communist-rooted former president critically ill
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' health ministry says the country's former president Dimitris Christofias is in a critical condition in hospital with respiratory problems. In a statement Monday, the ministry said Christofias was admitted to Nicosia General Hospital's transplantation unit on Saturday.