Chief Returning Officer Constantinos Nicolaides on Tuesday declared Solidarity’s Giorgos Papadopoulos an MP for the Limassol district, replacing party leader Eleni Theocharous, who was initially elected to parliament but decided to retain her seat in the European Parliament.
During the declaration ceremony, Nicolaides explained that, in a letter dated May 27, four days after the election, Theocharous announced her intention to retain her MEP spot, thus vacating the seat she was elected to.
He added that, because Theocharous was elected in the Limassol district on the ticket of the Solidarity Movement, the vacated seat is filled as per Article 2 of the Election to Parliament law, which stipulates that the Chief Returning Officer declares the party’s next-in-line.
And because Papadopoulos continues to belong to the Solidarity Movement, and is the party’s next in line in the Limassol district, he becomes eligible for the vacated seat.
Papadopoulos’ name, Nicolaides said, will be published in the official gazette.
The newly-declared MP said he was deeply moved, and thanked everyone who voted for the Solidarity movement.
“I pledge to fight for a parliament that supports the disenfranchised, the poor people, growth projects, and, first and foremost, justice,” he added.