Dimitris Christofias

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Dimitris Christofias
Δημήτρης Χριστόφιας
6th President of Cyprus
In office
28 February 2008 – 28 February 2013
Preceded byTassos Papadopoulos
Succeeded byNicos Anastasiades
President of the House of Representatives
In office
7 June 2001 – 28 February 2008
Preceded bySpyros Kyprianou
Succeeded byMarios Garoyian
Leader of the Progressive Party of Working People
In office
22 April 1988 – 21 February 2009
Preceded byEzekias Papaioannou
Succeeded byAndros Kyprianou
Personal details
Born (1946-08-29) 29 August 1946 (age 72)
Dikomo, Cyprus
Political partyProgressive Party of Working People
Spouse(s)Elsie Chiratou
Alma materRussian Academy of Sciences

Dimitris Christofias (born 29 August 1946), is a Cypriot politician. He was the sixth President of Cyprus from 2008 to 2013. Christofias was the General Secretary of AKEL, the communist party of Cyprus, and was the European Union's and Cyprus' first, and so far only, communist head of state.

He won the 2008 Cypriot presidential elections in the second round of voting. Throughout the election campaign, he promised to restart talks with Turkish Cypriots in order to find an answer to the Cyprus dispute and reunify the island. He has also supported the closure of the British military bases on Cyprus.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Cyprus elects its first communist president", The Guardian, 25 February 2008.

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