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Dimitris Christofias

Dimitris Christofias
Personal data
Date of birth29 August 1946(age 69)
Place of birthDikomo, Cyprus
NationalityGreek Cypriot
Political partyAKEL
SpouseElsie Chiratou
President of Cyprus
Assumed office28 February 2008
Vice Presidentvacant
Preceded byTassos Papadopoulos
President of the House of Representatives
In office7 June 2001 - 28 February 2008
Succeeded byMarios Karoyian
Preceded bySpyros Kyprianou
General Secretary of AKEL
In office22 April 1988 - 21 February 2009
Succeeded byAndros Kyprianou
Preceded byEzekias Papaioannou

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Dimitris Christofias also Demetris ( ) (born 29 August 1946) is a left-wing Greek Cypriot politician and the current and sixth President of the Republic of Cyprus. Christofias was the General Secretary of AKEL and is Cyprus's first, and the European Union's 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 pledged to restart talks with Turkish Cypriots in order to find a solution to the Cyprus dispute and reunify the island. He has also supported the closure of the British military bases on Cyprus.

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