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Disy backs Akel’s Adamou for speaker (updated)

Adamos Adamou
House president Adamos Adanou (Photo Christos Theodorides)

Ruling Disy on Friday gave its backing to Akel MP Adamos Adamou to replace Demetris Syllouris as House president for the remainder of the legislature’s term.

Party leader Averof Neophytou said Adamou is a politician who can operate consensually in the next few months.

Disy’s nod effectively means Adamou will be the next House president, considering he enjoys the support of other, smaller parties.

Akel had tabled Adamou’s name earlier on Friday after he appeared to receive wide support from across the political spectrum.

Even though he has not been sworn in yet, Adamou thanked parties for their backing, pledging that he will be an independent president in the remaining four months before parliament dissolves ahead of elections in May 2021.

“A lot of hard work awaits us because of the devastation inflicted on parliament’s credibility and dignity,” Adamou said.

He added that he had no doubt parties and MPs would be his allies in the effort to correct the situation.

The two seats made vacant by the resignations of Syllouris and Akel MP Christakis Giovanis, will be filled by runners-up Roulla Georgiadou and Yiannakis Gavriel respectively.

As the oldest MP, Adamou is currently acting House president.

A new speaker is expected to be elected once the two new MPs are sworn in.

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