Anastasiades, Nikos

Anastasiades, Nikos nē´kōs änäs-täsēyä´dĕs [key], 1946–, Greek Cypriot politician, president of the Republic of Cyprus (2013–). A lawyer, Anastasiades founded (1972) his own law firm and entered politics (1976) as a founding member of the conservative Democratic Rally party (DISY) he became the leader of the DISY in 1997. First elected to parliament in 1981, he was (2001–6) chairman of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee and chaired or vice-chaired several other committees. In the 2013 presidential election, dominated by Cyprus's fiscal crisis, Anastasiades defeated leftist Stavros Malas after a runoff.

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