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Annita Dimitriou (1985): First Woman House of Representatives President

Born in the village of Troulloi in Larnaca in 1985, with roots tracing back to Famagusta, Annita Dimitriou embarked on an academic journey that led her to study social and political sciences at the University of Cyprus. Subsequently, she earned a postgraduate degree in international relations and European studies from the University of Kent.

Her foray into politics began in the 2011 local elections when she was elected as a municipal councilor in Troulloi, representing the Democratic Rally (DISY) party. Notably, she was the first woman to attain this position. In the following years, she served as the secretary of the local DISY committee in Troulloi from 2013 to 2015 and assumed the role of financial manager for DISY Larnaca from 2014 to 2016.

In 2016, she achieved another historic milestone by becoming the top vote-getter for the parliamentary elections in the Larnaca Electoral District for the 11th Parliamentary Term. Her contributions extended to the realm of parliamentary work, as she held positions such as Secretary of the House of Representatives and member of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women, the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture, the Parliamentary Committee for Monitoring Development Plans and Public Expenditure, and the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment. Annita also served as the spokesperson for the electoral campaign team of Nicos Anastasiades in 2018 and took on the role of Ambassador for the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) from 2019.

In February 2020, she was elected as the Vice President of DISY. Following the 2021 parliamentary elections, she assumed the position of President of the House of Representatives, and in 2023, she was elected as the President of DISY.