a href=Communist party leader Demetris Christofias has won Cyprus’ presidential election after pledging to revive talks to re-unite his Greek-Cypriot south side of the island with the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.
Final results showed Christofias won 53.36 per cent of the vote, becoming the island’s first communist president, albeit a communist who accepts the country’s market economy. His right-wing rival Ioannis Kassoulides had 46.64 per cent.
Soviet-educated Christofias believes strongly in Cypriot, rather than ethnic identities. He says he wants resumption of talks with Turkish Cypriots through a UN process.
Christofias, 61, will be the only avowed communist leader in the 27-member European Union.
Although proud to declare himself a communist, he says he will not tamper with the free market economy. His AKEL party still boasts busts of Lenin and red flags at its headquarters but it also owns a number of large lucrative businesses on the island.
According to Wikipedia
Dimitris Christofias studied at the Institute of Social Sciences and the Academy of Social Sciences in Moscow from 1969 to 1974 from which it is claimed that he graduated with the Diploma and degree of Doctor of Philosophy in History (Ph.D.History).