The plenary session of the Cypriot Parliament elected Annita Demetriou, 36, member of the Democratic Rally, as the new president of the legislative body.
Demetriou was elected with 25 votes in the second round, beating the other six candidates who were the leaders of the opposition parties, Proto Theme reported.
She is the first female Speaker of Parliament since the founding of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960.
Demetriou is vice-president of the Democratic Rally Party (DISY) in power since February 1, 2020.
She studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus and holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Kent in the UK.
In 2016, she was the first woman to be elected Member of Parliament for the constituency of Larnaca.
Demetriou was secretary of the parliament, vice-chairman of the parliamentary committee on education and culture, vice-chairman of the parliamentary committee on human rights and equal opportunities between men and women.
In addition, she was a member of the parliamentary committee for monitoring development plans and controlling public finances.
She was the spokesperson for the President of the Republic Nikos Anastasiadis in the 2018 presidential elections.
In August 2019, she was appointed by the Board of Directors of the Network of Women Political Leaders (WPL), Ambassador of the Network on behalf of the House of Representatives.
Demetriou was selected by the French government to participate in PIPA in Paris in April 2018 and was selected by the US government (International Visitor Leadership Program) to observe the US primary elections in March 2020.
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