Anastasiades, Nikos

Anastasiades, Nikos

(nē`kōs änäs-täsēyä`dĕs), 1946–, Greek Cypriot politician, president of the Republic of Cyprus (2013–). A lawyer, Anastasiades founded (1972) his own law firm and entered politics (1976) as a founding member of the conservative Democratic Rally party (DISY); he became the leader of the DISY in 1997. First elected to parliament in 1981, he was (2001–6) chairman of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee and chaired or vice-chaired several other committees. In the 2013 presidential election, dominated by Cyprus's fiscal crisis, Anastasiades defeated leftist Stavros Malas after a runoff.