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Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou has announced his resignation on 28/02/08 in order to join the new Cypriot government.

The announcement was made shortly after Dimitris Christofias was elected new Cypriot president.

Markos Kyprianou was appointed EU commissioner for health and consumer affairs in May 2004 when Cyprus joined the Union. His resignation will be effective as soon as Cyprus nominates a replacement to the EU, which will then have to be approved by all member states by qualified majority. 

According to Cypriot press, that person is likely to be national Cypriot MP Androulla Vassiliou, wife of former Cypriot president George Vassiliou.

The new Commissioner will only stay in office for 18 months as the current Commission mandates ends in autumn 2009.