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Mr Nicos . Rolandis
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
(28/2/1998 - 28/2/2003)

 

Born in Limassol in December 1934. He graduated the Pancyprian Gymnasium in 1952. He studied law in London at the Middle Temple and he became a Barrister-at-Law.

 

He practised as a lawyer for a short while. Thereafter he became involved in business and he became one of the owners of a major industrial unit for many years.

 

In 1976 he became one of the founding members of the Democratic Movement which later on was renamed as Democratic Party.

 

From March 1978 to September 1983 he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.

In September 1986 he founded the Liberal Party.

 

From May 1991 until May 1996 he was a Member of the House of Representatives.

 

In July 1993 he announced his candidature for the post of U.N. Secretary-General. The candidature of Mr. Rolandis was supported by the Governments of Cyprus and Greece. Eventually only candidates from Africa were considered.

 

In September 1994 he was elected Vice-President of Liberal International.

 

Mr. Rolandis was decorated by the Governments of Austria, Greece and Yugoslavia.

 

He was appointed Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism on 28/2/1998 until 28/2/2003 when he was succeeded by Mr. Yiorgos Lillikas.

 

He showed an interest in literature and poetry and he published a book of poetry in 1958.

 

He is married and has three children.

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