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He is a lawyer and has been a politician for several decades. Married with two daughters and two sons.
In the late fifties, Papadopoulos was active in PEKA, the political section of EOKA. After independence, he became minister for employment.
He campaigned for the 2003 presidential election on a platform that he would be able to secure better deal over the Cyprus dispute than the incumbent Glafcos Clerides. He was backed by not just his own party, Diko, but also the socialist Akel and social democrat Kisos.
Before the Cyprus reunification referendum, 2004 on the Annan plan, he urged Greek Cypriots to vote No -- his recommendation is considered one of the reasons for the referendum's negative result on the Greek-Cypriot side.
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