VARTKES Mahdessian was officially declared as the representative of the Armenian religious group in parliament for the third time on Thursday by the Chief Returning Officer Constantinos Nicolaides, as he ran unopposed for the job.
At the ceremony, Nicolaides said that, the incumbent was the only person to have been proposed as the representative of the Armenian religious group in parliament. He then proclaimed Mahdessian, who has held the same post since 2006, as the elected representative of the Armenians. Mahdessian’s election will be published in the Government Gazette.
Mahdessian said that the development showed that the Armenian community had positively embraced the work done by him in the last ten years.
He added that this gave him strength and courage to continue with the same enthusiasm for the next five years.
The procedure to fill the posts for representatives of the Maronite and Latin religious groups, is to take place as usual, through voting on election day.
The Maronite candidates are Ioannis Lakkotrypis, Yiannakis Mousas, Michalis Hadjiroussos, and Marios Hadjihannas. Candidates for the post of the representative of the Latin religious group are Antonella Mantovani and Constantinos Siamtanis.
The representatives of the three religious groups participate in the House Standing Committee on Education, attend plenary meetings of the House and express their views on matters concerning their group without, however, a right to vote. They also enjoy the same rights and privileges (non-liability, immunity, remuneration, tax exemptions) as the rest of House Representatives.