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|General Secretary of the
Progressive Party of Working People
21 January 2009
|Preceded by||Dimitris Christofias|
26 October 1955 |
Strovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus
|Political party||Progressive Party of Working People|
He was born in Strovolos, Nicosia on the 26th of October 1955. The youngest member of the four children of his family. He has a brother and two sisters. Married to Sofia Podina. They have two children, Evi and Dimitris. He attended the elementary school in Strovolos. Graduated from the Higher Technical Institute of Nicosia in 1973. Graduated from the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Higher Technical Institute of Nicosia in 1976. In badminton, Andros Kyprianou won the 1988 Cyprus International in the mixed doubles together with Christine Heatly of Scotland.
Early life and education
From the age of 12 until the completion of his studies, he worked every summer as a construction worker. In 1976, he worked at the Higher Technical Institute until 1988. During this time, he also attended a series of classes in pedagogics at the Pedagogical Institute and concluded his post-graduate studies in Rimini, Italy (1984–85). From a young age, he actively participated in sports and athletics. He was a football player and captain of the football team of the PARNASSOS Strovolos Club. He was also a founding member of the Badminton team of the Club. At school, he also pursued track events and took part in Pancyprian races. He served as President of the Association of Graduates of the Higher Technical Institute and as a member of the Administrative Council of the Higher Technical Institute. He served as the General Secretary of POEL (Nicosia District Football Federation) and Vice-President of the Cyprus Badminton Federation. He also was involved in a number of sports and was time after time Cyprus champion in Badminton. In 1986, the Union of Sports Journalists of Cyprus proclaimed him as Sportsperson of the year in Badminton. He became a member of AKEL in 1974, whilst previously he joined the EDON Youth Organisation. In EDON, he was a member of the EDON District Council of Nicosia and a member of the Sports Bureau of the Central Council of EDON and a regular contributor to the newspaper of EDON "NEOLEA".
Early political career
He served as a member of the Borough Committee of AKEL Strovolos and a member of the District Committee of AKEL Nicosia. In 1988, he was employed as a full-time official at the Central Committee of AKEL, whilst in 1990 he was elected to the Central Committee. In 1995, he was re-elected to the Central Committee and a member of the Political Bureau of the Party. In 2000, he was re-elected as a member of the Political Bureau and elected a member of the Secretariat of the C.C. In 2005, he was re-elected to all the Bodies of the Party.
He served as Head of the Sports Bureau, Local Authorities Bureau, Environment Bureau, International Relations Bureau and European Affairs Bureau of the C.C. of AKEL. He was also the Press Spokesman of the Party between 2003 and 2009. He also served as Municipal Councillor of Strovolos. At the parliamentary elections of 27 May 2001, he was elected Member of the House of Representatives standing as an AKEL-Left-New Forces candidate in Nicosia and was re-elected at the parliamentary elections of 21 May 2006. He was a member of the Committee of Selection and Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Internal Affairs and of the House Standing Committee on Labour and Social Insurance. Today he is a member of the Committee of Selection, Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Internal Affairs, member of the House Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and of the House Standing Committee on Development Plans and Public Expenditure Control.
He was also the Head of the Delegation of the House of Representatives to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe . In April 2008, he was unanimously elected as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the year 2008. Today he is a member of the National Council since February 2008.
On 21 January 2009 he was elected General Secretary of the Central Committee of AKEL and was re-elected to the same position at the 21st Congress of AKEL in November 2010.