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Solidarity’s man reinstated as MP

House president Demetris Syllouris and Giorgos Papadopoulos (centre)

Giorgos Papadopoulos of the Solidarity Movement was reinstated as an MP on Wednesday after a parliament decision last week to give him back his seat which he had lost following a supreme court decision.

In a ceremony at the Limassol district administration, in the presence of House speaker Demetris Syllouris, Papadopoulos was declared for the second time as an MP, by district officer Marios Alexandrou.

The incumbent got his MP post after Solidarity Party leader Eleni Theocharous, who was elected as a Limassol MP in May 2016, waived the seat and opted to keep her place in the European parliament. Her seat in the House went to Papadopoulos, the party’s next in line, who had only received 767 votes.

But he lost his seat at the end of May following a supreme court ruling which had heard a legal challenge by Disy candidate for parliament Andreas Michaelides against the handling of the matter. The supreme court had ruled that existing law did not justify passing the seat to the runner-up, but did not opine on how it should be handled.

This would have been in line with the election law’s provisions, had it taken place after Theocharous’ swearing-in, but this was not the case.

The House plenum last Friday voted for a bill submitted by Syllouris – also a Solidarity member – that would give the seat to his party. Only Disy deputies voted against it.

Papadopoulos is to be sworn in before the House plenum on Friday.

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