On 22 October 2006 Marios Garoyian was elected new leader of the ruling centre-right Democratic Party (DIKO), succeeding
Garoyian secured 4,759 votes or 62.6% against 2,840 votes or 37.4% garnered by Nicos Kleanthous, who had been DIKO Acting President.
“Today democracy has won and it is the beginning of a new era. We owe a lot to the legacy of Spyros Kyprianou the founder of our party as well as today's president Tassos Papadopoulos. We will implement the political line of the coalition and move forward united, through a modernised Democratic Party,” Garoyian declared moments after the announcement of the final results.
Garoyian is the first Cypriot-Armenian elected leader of a political party in
In 2003 Garoyian was appointed Director of the
Garoyian has written a number of articles and analysis on the
According to Elias Hazou of “Cyprus Mail” (22 October 2006) Garoyian is portraying himself as a link between the old and new guards inside DIKO. He has pledged to open up the party and improve its functioning, which he says has grown stale. In this respect, Garoyian?s endeavour has been likened to that of PASOK leader George Papandreou in