Cyprus Presidential Elections 2018: The nine candidates for the presidency of the Republic

Cyprus Presidential Elections 2018: The nine candidates for the presidency of the Republic

The countdown for the 28 January presidential elections in Cyprus has officially began with the submission of nine candidacies for the presidential elections in Cyprus at the Philoxenia Conference Center in Nicosia.

A total of nine nominations were submitted.

Nicos Anastasiades

Nikos Anastasiades is the current President of the Republic since his election in 2013. His candidacy was announced on October 14, 2017, and a week later, it was formally confirmed and supported by the Democratic Alliance DISY. Anastasiades politically belongs to the Right space and has a resonance both in the bourgeois liberal center-right and in the popular base of the Democratic Alert.

He studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and postgraduate studies in maritime law at University College of the University of London.

He has published articles of social and political content in the daily press.

He has been awarded with medals from the governments of the People’s Republic of China, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Slovenia, the French Parliament, and municipalities, universities and organisations in Cyprus and abroad.

He was elected MP of Limassol with DISY in the elections of 24 May 1981 and was re-elected in the elections of 8 December 1985, 19 May 1991, 26 May 1996, 27 May 2001, 21 May 2006 and 21 May 2011. He was Deputy Parliamentary Representative of DISY from 1991 to 1993, and a parliamentary spokesman from 1993 to 1997.

He served as Deputy Speaker of the House from 1996 to 2001. He was a member of the Election Committee and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was also the Head of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Interparliamentary Union from 1991 to 2006 and vice chairman of the Cyprus Group Executive Committee at the same organization and member and chair of the Committee of the Interparliamentary Union for the Human Rights of MPs, from October 1990 until September 1996. He was also the first Vice-President of the House delegation to the Joint Parliamentary Committee European Union-Cyprus Parliamentary Delegation.

He also served as member of the Selection Committee. He was the head of the Parliament’s delegation to the Interparliamentary Union, of the House delegation to the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (former Association of Asian Parliaments for Peace), of the House delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean and of the House delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly.

Stavros Malas

Stavros Malas runs for the second time as independent candidate, supported by AKEL. In the 2013 elections he made it to the second round (26.9%), but received 42.5% and thus lost to Nicos Anastasiades. He is a geneticist(Studied Genetics in London), academic and politician and has served as Health Minister in the Christofias government. On the Cyprus issue, he supports the continuation of the talks to solve the problem with the UN Secretary-General’s involvement.

AKEL initially chose to support businessman Mike Spanos, but after reactions from the party base his candidacy was withdrawn.

He was born in Famagusta, grew up in Paphos and. In the presidential elections of 2013 he run as a candidate supported by AKEL and passed in round two, but failed to be elected president of the Republic.

His positions on the Cyprus issue revolve around supporting the pursuit of the solution of a Bi-zonal Bi-communal Federation (PBO).

In the economy he is a supporter of the Scandinavian economy model.

Nicholas Papadopoulos

Nicholas Papadopoulos, 44, son of the former President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, managed to rally most of the “intermediate” space. Apart from DIKO of which he is chairman, he also received the support of EDEK, of the Solidarity and the Ecologist Movement – since in their contacts there was an identification of opinions on the Cyprus issue and on economic and social policy. He also has the support of the “Hope Message” and the “Citizens’ Platform”. Nicholas Papadopoulos rejects the Bi-zonal Bi-communal Federation as a solution to the Cyprus problem, while economically-wise he belongs to the Right space.

He was born in Nicosia and is the son of the former President of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos. He completed his primary studies at St. Andrew’s elementary school, and then completed his encyclopedic studies at the Nicosia School of English. He was later admitted to the University College of London, where he graduated (LL.B., Barrister-at-Law) and worked as a lawyer.

Papadopoulos is backed by EDEK, which has denounced the Bi-zonal Bi-communal Federation as the “worst form of separation”, and feels that if implemented, it will “collapse soon”. The “Solidarity Movement” has a similar negative stance on the SDS.

On December 21, 2017, the candidate of the Pancyprian Banking Holders Association, Foivos Mavrovouniotis, after meeting with Nicholas Papadopoulos,announced the withdrawal of his candidacy and the support of the Association to Papadopoulos.

Yiorgos Lillikas

Yiorgos Lillikas, head of the Citizens’ Alliance, has declared first of all candidates his intention to run in the elections. He has served as minister to the Papadopoulos government, and in the 2013 election, in the first round, he came third, although he had no support from a party mechanism.

He studied political sciences in Lyon, France. In 1996 he was elected Nicosia MP with the “AKEL Left New Forces” ballot, where he was re-elected in 2001. From 13 June 2006 he served as Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, until June 2007 when he resigned respecting AKEL’s decision – from which he had been appointed – to remove its ministers from the government of President Tassos Papadopoulos. He has also served as Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism from 2003 to 2006. He was a candidate for President of the Republic of Cyprus at the 2013 Presidential Elections in Cyprus. On 28 April 2013 he founded the Cyprus Civil Society Alliance to take part in the 2014 European Parliamentary Elections.

Christos Christou

Christos Christou is president and candidate with ELAM and is ideologically a nationalist. He is founder and leader of the National People’s Front (ELAM). ELAM and Christou are against both the Bi-Zonal Bi-communal Federation and the Federation in general, as they want a unified state with the Turkish Cypriots as a minority and not as a community.

He studiedTechnologist – Radiologist in Athens. Along with his studies, he developed strong political action as a member of the greek far-right party Golden Dawn. He has been a member of the Nationalist Movement’s Political Council for years.

After returning to Cyprus he worked at the Nicosia General Hospital, while he is a member of the Pancyprian Association of Technologists – Radiologists and Radiotherapists.

In 2008 he founded the National People’s Front (ELAM) and from the first Congress of the Movement he has been its president.

From May 2016 he was elected Nicosia MP. He is also a deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Health Committee and a member of the House delegation at the Conference of European Affairs Commissioners of the Parliaments of the Member States of the European Union.

In his capacity as President of the National People’s Front (ELAM) he is a member of the National Council.

Michalis Mina

Michalis Mina is the candidate of the Organization of Justice Fighters (OAD).

Christakis Kapiliotis

Christakis Kapiliotis, is a plice inspector who oversees the Platres complex – Lania, Platres, Troodos.

Kapiliotis wants a withdrawal of Turkish troops, no rotating presidency, no guarantees, return of all refugees, an independent Greek Cypriot state, and no trouble in the exclusive economic zone.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, the police inspector said he decided to run because he was concerned about the Cyprus problem, adding that negotiations were going in the wrong direction for the past 44 years.

He comes from a family of people who fought against the British colonialists and was raised and nurtured with national ideals.

Haris Aristidou

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