By George Der Parthogh
AZG Armenian Daily,
AKEL and Democratic Party Lead
Under the terms of the constitution of the
The Cypriot Armenian community has three elementary schools – in
Non-Cypriot Armenians pay a small annual fee
Mahdessian was the candidate of the Dashnak party while Atamian was supported by the Ramgavars, Hentchaks, the AGBU clubs and the small Shahumian grouping attached to the
When former representative Bedros Kalaydjian died in September 2005, Dr. Atamian won interim elections against another local Dashnak leader Dr. Antranig Ashdjian.
Then, just as in the present case, one of the main topics during the electioneering campaign was the unilateral decision of the AGBU Board to close down the Melkonian Educational Institute, which created a serious breach in the non-dashnak camp.
Meanwhile, in the Cypriot parliamentary elections, which were also held on Sunday 21 May 2006, Marios Garoyan (Armenian from his father's side and Greek from his mother's) became the first Armenian to become a full member of the House of Representatives (parliament).
In a brief statement during celebrations at Mahdessian's election he said: “Now we will have two Armenian voices in the Cypriot legislative”. Ha was elected on the ticket of “Dimocratiko Komma” (Democratic Party – DIKO) founded by former Cypriot President, the late Spyros Kyprianou and currently led by President Tassos Papadopoulos. For the past three years, Karoyian was the Director of President Papadopoulos' Political Office and often acted as government spokesman.
In the parliamentary elections, the Cyprus Communist Party AKEL secured 31.13 percent of the cast votes, very closely followed by the Democratic Rally (right wing) with 30.34 percent, while President Papadapoulos' Democratic Party could only muster 17.91 of the votes, and the local socialist party EDEK clinched 8.92 percent. Ecologists and Environmentalists collected 1.95 percent.
Highlights of Mahdessian's manifesto include improvement of the living conditions and problems of compatriots from
Mahdessian pledged full support to the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople in the fight against the closure of the Melkonian, as well as the Melkonian Alumni Association's efforts to find a solution to the problem of the Melkonian, the only Armenian boarding high school in the Diaspora.
END OF GEORGE DER PARTHOGH'S ARTICLE IN “AZG” DAILY
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS COMPILED BY AZAD-HYE
– Number of people voted in favor of Vartkes Mahdessian: 899
– Number of people voted in favor of Dr. Vahakn Atamian: 810
– Number of invalid or blank votes: 53
– Number of Armenians in
– On the evening of the election-day and as the results were announced hundreds of Armenian fans paraded with their cars in the areas populated by Armenians in
– The newly elected representative Vartkes Mahdessian thanked the Armenian community and called his victory a fresh page in the community's history.
– More than 1.000 people celebrated the victory at AYMA stadium with all-night party. Armenian and Cypriot flags covered the scene.
– Member of European Parliament Ioannis Kassoulides, newly elected members of the Cyprus Parliament Chirstos Stylianides and Nicos Tornarides joined the crowd. They personally congratulated Mahdessian on his win.
– Catholicos Aram I welcomed the election of Mahdessian and stressed the importance of strengthening the unity of the Armenian community of
– Marios Garoyan becomes the first Cypriot Armenian to be elected directly to the Cyprus Parliament. Garoyan won a seat with the Democratic Party (also known as DIKO) in the
– Another Armenian M. Sarkissian (competing for the communist AKEL's seat in Limassol district) did not manage to win.
– It is worth informing United Arab Emirates (UAE) readers that Mahdessian has branch of his business in Sharjah, the third largest city in the UAE.
Sources: Azad-Hye archives, ?Gibrahayer? E-magazine (including the photos), www.hayem.org, “Azg” Yerevan Armenian daily.
1- Two members of the parliament Garoyan and Mahdessian address the public in AYMA stadium,
2- Armenians celebrate in the streets of