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Mavroyiannis running for UNGA president in Monday’s elections

Andreas Mavroyiannis

The President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) is to be elected on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York.

Candidates for the seat are Cyprus` Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis and Fiji Permanent Representative Peter Thomson.

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, who is in the US, has expressed optimism over the result. The Cypriot delegation expects Mavroyiannis to clinch over 100 votes out of the 193 to be cast during a secret ballot.

The Cypriot Permanent Representation to the UN has worked very hard to secure Mavroyiannis’ election, and President  Nicos Anastasiades has sent letters to all heads of state, members of the organisation.

Voting will commence at 10am local time (5pm Cyprus time). The results are expected an hour later, followed by the proclamation of the new President by his predecessor at a press conference.

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