Nikos Christodoulides Elected as the New President of Cyprus
Nikos Christodoulides was elected as the President of Cyprus after a second and final round of voting. Christodoulides, 49, took 51.9% of the vote, compared with runoff rival Andreas Mavroyiannis, 66, taking 48.1%. Christodoulides ran as an independent with the backing of centrist and right-of-center parties.
The new President also happens to be the former Foreign Minister of the country and he comes with plenty of experience as far as governance is concerned. Although Cyprus is a small country with a small voting population, its importance could be seen from a geopolitical point of view.
Who is Nikos Christodoulides?
Nikos Christodoulides is a Greek Cypriot politician, who is the president-elect of Cyprus. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2018 to 2022 and as Spokesman of the Government from 2014 to 2018.
Christodoulides resigned from the second Anastasiades government in January 2022 amidst speculation that he would run for President in 2023. In June, he confirmed that he would run for President as an independent, without the support of his party DISY. He was since endorsed by the DIKO, EDEK, DIPA, and Solidarity parties.
He won the first round of the presidential elections with 32.04% of the votes and was thereafter backed by the incumbent president Nicos Anastasiades. He won the second round with 51.92% of the votes, against 48.08% of Andreas Mavroyiannis, supported by AKEL, to become president of Cyprus.