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Appeals court deems competition commissioner’s appointment legal

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The competition commissioner’s appointment was deemed legal by an appeals court on Friday, sparing the body a slew of complications.

According to a statement by the attorney-general’s office which filed the appeal, Loukia Christodoulou’s appointment at the competition commission between April 24, 2018 and April 23, 2023 was deemed legal.

It had been contested at an administrative court level, where the judges had ruled her appointment had not been legal.

Christodoulou was appointed as a member of the competition commission in 2008 and became chairwoman in 2011. She then had her appointment renewed twice, in 2013 and 2018.

The administrative court ruled she had overstayed her appointment, as the law specifies a person can serve two terms on the competition committee, meaning a total of 10 years.

Nonetheless, the appeal court deemed that that the period of an individual’s appointment is measured separately when they are member or chairperson “since the positions are distinct.”.

As such, a number of pending cases that were filed as a result of the initial decision, will be “resolved” the attorney-general’s office said.

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