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Stefanos Stefanou was born in Gerollakos (occupied areas) on 21st January 1965.  After the Turkish invasion of 1974 he settled in Deftera, his father’s hometown.  He is married to Georgia Zenonos and has 2 daughters.

In July 2021 he was elected General Secretary of the Central Committee of AKEL.

He studied Political Science at the Academy of Social and Political Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria. During his studies, he was President of the Cypriot Student’s Organisation in Bulgaria.   After completing his studies in 1989, he worked as a full-time militant of the United Democratic Youth Organization (EDON).

He has been a member of the Central Committee of AKEL since 1995, the Political Bureau since 2011 and the Central Secretariat since 2013.

In 1996 he was elected General Secretary of EDON, a post he held until 2001.  From 2001 to 2008, he was appointed to the Office of the President of the Parliament, Demetris Christofias, as Special Advisor.  From 2008 to 2013 he served as Government Spokesman in the Government of Demetris Christofias.

In the period 2013-2016, he served as the District Secretary of AKEL Nicosia-Kyrenia District Organisation.

From 2016 to 2021, he served as the Party’s Press Spokesperson and Head of the Press and Communication Office of the C.C. of AKEL.

He was elected MP for Nicosia with AKEL-Left-New Forces in the elections of 22nd May 2016 and re-elected in the elections of 30th May 2021.  He served as Deputy Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Refugees-Enclaved-Missing-Adversely Affected Persons, Member of the House Standing Committee on Development Plans and Public Expenditure Control, of the House Standing Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs and of the Ad Hoc House Committee on the Investigation of Issues Relating to Loans of Politically Exposed Persons and as Head of the Delegation of the House to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)

Since July 2021, he has been a member of the National Council.