Nicosia, June 3, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Kyriacos Kyriacou
Following the Parliamentary elections on 22 May, the House voted Solidarity Movement’s Dimitris Syllouris as its new President with 21 votes (18 votes from DISY and three from Solidarity Movement).
The other candidates were Averof Neophytou (DISY) who received 18 votes, Marinos Sizopoulos (EDEK) received 17 votes, Antros Kyrpianou (AKEL) with 16 votes, and Giorgos Perdikis (Greens) received two votes.
Syllouris was born in Potamia, Nicosia, on July 27, 1953. He is married to Antigoni Nicolaidou and together they have three daughters and one son. He studied Civil Engineering at the North East London Polytechnic.
Syllouris was a representative of Nicosia constituency under the banner of DISY-Liberals Coalition 1991-2001, under the banner of DISY 2001-2004, independent 2004-2005 and under the banner of the European Party since 2005.
In June 2001-May 2004 was the parliamentary spokesman of DISY. He was member of the Committee of Selection, Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Trade and Industry, Deputy Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Second Vice-Chairman of the delegation of the House to the EU-Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC).
Recently, Syllouris was the Spokesman of the European Party group in the House, Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Institutions, Merit and the Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman). He was also a Member of the House Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs and of the House Standing Committee on Internal Affairs and a member of the delegation of the House to the Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC).
His political career includes:
Secretary of the DISY Youth Organisation (NEDISY) and DISY Enlightenment Committees
Nicosia District Organisational Secretary of DISY and General Secretary of the Party
Observer to the European Parliament (2003) and member of the Political Group of the European People’s Party
Member of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK)
Founding member and President of the European Party since 2005
Member of the National Council, the supreme advisory body to the President of the Republic on the Cyprus problem.