Stella Kyriakides became the new head of the PACE. The first Cypriot politician to be elected for this office, she will be running the Assembly until January 2018. According to the Assembly’s official website, she obtained a large majority over the other candidate, Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/CD), in the third round of voting. Kyriakides will be the 30th President of PACE since 1949, the first Cypriot, and the third woman to take up the post.
“This election comes during extraordinary times for this Assembly, times that have seen our credibility and integrity questioned. Times that have led to the often wrong type of publicity for the work done in this Assembly, leading to the questioning of the principles of transparency and integrity of the institutions of the Council of Europe. These are challenges and responsibilities for us all. But mostly, for myself as a newly elected President of this Assembly,” said the newly elected PACE president.
Stella Kyriakides replaces Pedro Agramunt who most recently resigned due to 'personal reasons' as he put it in his Twitter post. However, the media found out that lawmakers passed the no-confidence motion against Pedro Agramunt due to his cooperation with Russia and visit to Syria. Due to the incident, the PACE Bureau decreed that Agramunt had no right to make any official visits, attend sessions or utter any public declarations on behalf of the Assembly as its President.