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Nicos Anastasiades

Nicos Anastasiades
Νίκος Αναστασιάδης
7th President of Cyprus
Assumed office
28 February 2013
Preceded by Demetris Christofias
President of the Democratic Rally
In office
8 June 1997 – 28 February 2013
Preceded by Yiannakis Matsis
Succeeded by Averof Neofytou
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
1981 – 28 February 2013
Constituency Limassol
Personal details
Born (1946-09-27) 27 September 1946
Pera Pedi, Cyprus
Political party Democratic Rally
Spouse(s) Andri Moustakoudes
  • Elsa
  • Ino
Alma mater National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
University College London
Religion Eastern Orthodoxy

Nicos Anastasiades (Greek: Νίκος Αναστασιάδης ; born 27 September 1946) is a Cypriot politician who has been President of Cyprus since 2013. Previously, he was leader of Democratic Rally (DISY).


Anastasiades is a lawyer by profession and he is the founder of law firm "Nicos Chr. Anastasiades & Partners".[1] He graduated in law from the [2]

Political career

Anastasiades was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1981 and was leader of his party from 1997 until 2013.[3] On 18 February 2013 he was sworn in as President of Cyprus.

Military conscription

Angela Merkel with Nicos Anastasiades in 2007 at the EPP summit.

During his electoral campaign for the post of Cyprus President in 2013, he announced his commitment to reduce military conscription in Cyprus to 14 months during the first hundred days of his term.[4] During the early months of Nicos Anastasiades administration there has been important planning for the reduction of military conscription to 14 months in order to increase the incentive for the 18 years old to serve their conscription and to reduce the financial burden to the Cypriot state. Minister of Defence Fotis Fotiou has announced that there will be a final decision to the reduction of military conscription towards late 2013. There has been increasing pressure for ending military conscription due to the 2012–13 Cypriot financial crisis.

In early August 2013, Minister of Defence Fotis Fotiou announced the reduction of military service which was in the electoral manifesto of Nicos Anastasiades. He supported that national service will be reduced to 18 months in the first phase and then decrease further to 14 months before the end of 2014.

Cyprus problem

Anastasiadis supported the Annan Plan for Cyprus, even though a majority (61%) of his party voted it down. Some of his intra-party opposition were even calling for Anastasiadis to step down.[5] Many party cadres were up in arms over Anastasiadis' letter to the European Parliament alleging that the government trampled on free speech and human rights during the campaign. The government cited the National Television Council's data that showed that the six parties supporting the "No" vote got as much air time as the two that supported the UN plan.[6] The start of peace negotiations between Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart will begin in October 2013, attracting the interest of international media and world leaders including Barack Obama.[7]

President of Cyprus

In March 2012, Nicos Anastasiades was nominated as a candidate for the [9] He won in the second round with 57.48% of the vote.

Personal life

He married Andri Moustakoudi in 1971 and has two daughters.[2] He has a twin brother and a sister.[10]


Nicos Anastasiades in April 2013


See also


  1. ^ "Anastasiades & Partners". Cyprus Law. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Index". Anastasiades. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nicos Anastasiades". Economist Conferences, CEMEA. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Δέσμευση Αναστασιάδη για μείωση της στρατιωτικής θητείας μειωση, στρατιωτες, δεσμευση, θητειας". Axortagos. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ George Gilson (30 April 2004). No' shakes Cyprus party politics"'". Athens News. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Great opportunity to resolve Cyprus problem: Obama". Cyprus Mail. August 9, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Disy picks Nicos, Nicos Anastasiades, Disy, Eleni Theocharous". ISG. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Nicos Anastasiades winner of first round of elections in Cyprus". Nasdaq. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b "Anastasiades Chr. Nicos". Parliament. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Yiannakis Matsis
Leader of the Democratic Rally
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Demetris Christofias
President of Cyprus
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