Ezekias Papaioannou

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Papaioannou, Ezekias


Born Oct. 8, 1908, in Kellaki, Cyprus. Cypriot labor leader.

The son of a Greek peasant, Papaioannou took his first job in the mines on Cyprus, where he joined the labor movement. In 1930 he moved to Great Britain in search of work, and in 1931 he joined the Communist Party of Great Britain. In 1936 he fought in the National Revolutionary War in Spain (1936–39) as a member of the International Brigades. At the behest of the Central Committee (CC) of the Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus (AKEL), he returned to Cyprus in 1946 to become editor in chief of the party’s central organ, the newspaper Demokrates.

Papaioannou became a member of the CC of the AKEL in 1947. From 1947 to 1949 he was CC secretary for organizational affairs. In August 1949, at the Sixth Congress of the AKEL, he was elected a member of the Politburo and general secretary of the party. In December 1955 he was arrested. He fled from confinement in April 1956 and worked in the underground until December 1959. In 1960, Papaioannou became a deputy of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus.

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I headed the Cyprus delegation and I also had with me Glafcos Clerides (Disy), Ezekias Papaioannou (Akel), Alecos Michaelides or Alexis Galanos (Diko) and Vasos Lyssarides (Edek).
The political leaders such as Glafcos Clerides (DISY), Ezekias Papaioannou (AKEL), Alexis Galanos (DIKO) and Vasos Lyssarides (EDEK) were always present and helped a lot.
Comrade Tof had 21 years as the Castro of AKEL, while his predecessor, the dour commie, Ezekias Papaioannou died in the job after 40 years of Stalinist rule.
Spyros Kyprianou gave up the DIKO leadership after 24 years Dr Lyssarides left EDEK after 33 years in charge while Christofias' predecessor, Ezekias Papaioannou died in the job having been AKEL chief for 40 years.
It claimed that the late Ezekias Papaioannou, former boss of AKEL, was cosy with colonel George Papadopoulos, one of the leaders of the Greek junta.
Reinforcing the AKEL connection, the plot of land that found its way into the assets of the company was part a donation made by the late Ezekias Papaioannou, the former AKEL boss.
Raise the flags, as the late Ezekias Papaioannou (AKEL chief for 30 years and obedient servant of the Kremlin) would say.
In 1968, a year before leaving for his studies in Moscow, Christofias, whose father ran the coffee shop in the AKEL building, gave the address at a party gathering attended by Ezekias Papaioannou.
Ezekias Papaioannou was general-secretary for 40 years and handed power directly to Demetris Christofias, who took over in 1989.
I had with me in New York the party representatives, Glafcos Clerides (DISY), Ezekias Papaioannou (AKEL), Alecos Michaelides (DIKO) and Vassos Lyssarides (EDEK).