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Cyprus Internet Directory [ CHRISTOFIAS - AFFIRMATION ]


Preparations for the official swearing in ceremony of President-elect Demetris Christofias have begun, in anticipation of Thursday’s affirmation. Acting Director General of the House of Representatives Socratis Socratous has told CNA that Acting President of the House, Costas Papacostas will chair the special session of the House on 28 February, at 1600 local time (1400 GMT) during which the new President will be sworn in.

During the ceremony, the Acting House President will explain the reason for the extraordinary session and then Christofias will give his affirmation before the plenary of the 56-member House, pledging faith in and respect for the Constitution and the laws made thereunder and the preservation of the independence and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus.

Christofias will then give a speech and tradition has it that the new president will then receive the congratulations of the members of the House.

Socratous said that around 250 persons have been invited, including government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.

The House will resume its normal sessions on 6 March. Members of the House who are appointed to the new Cabinet will resign their parliamentary seat and the runners up will be sworn in before proceedings begin.

Meanwhile, Andreas Moleskis, Secretary of the Council of Ministers told CNA that the first meeting of the new Cabinet will take place after the appointment of the new ministers.

It is customary that the first Cabinet meeting is a formality during which the new President gives the guidelines on how the meetings will be conducted, he said.

Moleskis added that by the 1st of March, the new ministers should be sworn in as the term in office of the government of Tassos Papadopoulos ends on 29 February.

Christofias won the second round of the presidential elections by securing 53.36% of the valid votes. His opponent, Ioannis Kasoulides, received 46.64% of the votes.

This is the first time that AKEL party contested the presidency by putting forward its own candidate, the party General Secretary, Demetris Christofias.

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