Giorgos Savvides is the new Minister of Justice of Cyprus

Giorgos Savvides is the new Minister of Justice of Cyprus

By Michalis Michael

The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, is appointing lawyer George Savvides as the new Minister of Justice and Public Order, the Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou announced. According to Mr. Prodromou, Mr. Savvides’ assurance ceremony will take place tomorrow at 10.30 in the morning.

In his statements after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Prodromou said that “the President of the Republic, in light of the resignation of the Minister of Justice and Public Order Mr Ionas Nicolaou, appoints Mr. George Savvides as Minister of Justice and Public Order”.

He added that “Mr. George Savvides was born in Famagusta in 1959, and since 1974 he lives in Limassol. He is a fightworthy attorney.” He is practicing law for 35 years. “Mr. Savvides has a law degree from the UK and is a member of the Pancyprian Bar Association and Famagusta Bar Association, as well as the International Bar Association,” Mr Prodromou noted.

“In this association, he was even an active member, having served as President or Vice-President in various subcommittees, and has organized an IBA international conference in Cyprus,” the spokesman said.

Ionas Nicolaou: My political career is over

I leave with my conscience at peace, said outgoing Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou, while making clear that he will not return to politics.

Mr. Nicolaou spoke at a press conference in the PIO, during which he presented his ministry’s work from 2013, when he took office, until today and said he was proud of the reforms that were made in areas that no one dared to touch before. The former Justice Minister said that after 18 years he is definitely leaving politics. When asked about the next step in his post-politics life, Mr. Nicolaou replied that he would practice law. “I have decided that my political career is over and I am especially touched, after six years I leave the ministry, after my resignation due to touchiness alone, I will present you a ministry report,” he said.

Anastasiades: As a Minister he was one of the most efficient, the most hardworking

Ionas Nicolaou was one of the most efficient and laborious Ministers, the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, said after the Cabinet meeting, the last one attended by Mr. Nicolaou before stepping down from the post of Minister. When asked by a journalist with what feelings he bids farewell to Ionas Nicolaou, the President replied: “No doubt with great sadness. He has been a close associate for decades now, but most importantly, as a Minister, he was one of the most efficient, the most hardworking.”

He added that this will become apparent in Mr. Nicolaou’s press conference but “also from the great reform (in the justice sector) for which I hope that I will meet the understanding of the parliamentary parties, so that we can finally achieve quick administration of justice, so that it can be considered that justice is finally being served. We are not talking about quality but speed,” said President Anastasiades./ibna