Garoyian Elected Leader of Cyprus Ruling Party

NICOSIA, Cyprus–A Cypriot-Armenian, Marios Garoyian, was elected with a margin of 62.6 percent as the new leader of the ruling Democratic party. Vice President Nicos Kleanthous collected 37.4 percent of the votes. Momen’s after the results were known Sunday night, Marios Garoyian was proclaimed President. He thanked voters for their confidence in embracing his vision and in his short speech at the Democratic Party headquarters in Nicosia, he called for unity and a stronger party and stated. "Today democracy has won and it is the beginning of a new era. We owe a lot to the legacy of Spyros Kyprianou the founder of our party as well as today’s president Tassos Papadopoulos. We will implement the political line of the coalition and move forward united, through a modernized Democratic Party." Marios Garoyian is the first Armenian Cypriot that is being elected leader of a political party in Cyprus. In May 2006 he was elected as member of the Cyprus Parliament with top preferential votes in Nicosia. Marios Garoyian was born in 1961. His involvement in party politics began in Italy with Democratic Party’s youth movement Anagennisi. After his studies in politics and return to Cyprus, he was elected President of the Youth movement of NEDIK-Nicosia where he served from 1986-1992. He later became a member of the Central Executive of the Democratic Party in 1988. Garoyian was a close aide of the late President Spyros Kyprianou and served as The Director of his Office in the House of Parliament as well as The Director of the Office of President Tassos Papadoulos. He also served as Government Spokesperson. He was elected to the Cyprus Parliament in May 2006. He is married to Marina and has a daughter and a son.

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