Irene Charalambidou

Irene Charalambidou (Greek: Ειρήνη Χαραλαμπίδου; born 19 March 1964) is a Cypriot journalist and politician. In 2011, she was elected MP in the Nicosia constituency with AKEL, being re-elected in 2016.

Irene Charalambidou
Ειρήνη Χαραλαμπίδου
Irene Charalambides, Special Representative on Fighting Corruption, Marrakech, 4 October 2019 (cropped).jpg
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1964-03-19) 19 March 1964 (age 56)
Lemesos, Cyprus
Political partyProgressive Party of Working People
Alma materUniversity of Nicosia
Mediterranean College of Athens

Biography and journalism careerEdit

Irene Charalambidou was born in Limassol on 19 March 1964. She is married to Andros Papapavlou and has two sons.

She studied Psychology at the University of Nicosia and journalism at the Mediterranean College in Athens. She worked as a journalist at the newspaper "The Games", in "Eleftherotypia" and collaborated with the newspaper "Kiryka". She was the director of public relations of the "Louis" Tourism Organization. She has worked for many years on Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, presenting one of the most popular shows of the time, "Pleasant Saturday Night". She also worked for the television of "Logos" and "ANT1 Cyprus".[1] During the period 2005-2011 she was responsible for the research, journalistic supervision and presentation of the TV broadcasting policy of RIK "We Discuss It". The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, made the first presidential report on this show in December 2008.[2]

In 2007 she published her first book titled "What We Talked" and in January 2011 the second book "The White Pages of the Cyprus issue" on the political analysis of events of the contemporary political history of the Cyprus.[3] The presentation of the book was made by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias.

Political careerEdit

In 2011, is elected a member of the electoral district of Nicosia with AKEL.[4][5] She is a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Institutions, Securities and Administration, the House Standing Committee on the Development and Control of Public Expenditure and the Parliamentary Committee on Health. On May 22, 2016, she is re-elected to Nicosia with AKEL. She is ranked first in crosses of preference and this makes her the first female Member who succeeds in national elections to be elected with most crosses of preference pancyprian. With the new legislature, she is Deputy Chairwoman of the House Standing Committee on the Development and Control of Public Expenditure, and a member of the Institutions, Securities and Administration, Health and Human Rights Committees.[6]