Kyprianou was born in Lemesos, Cyprus, on October 28, 1932. He studied economics at the City of London College and Law at Grey's Inn, earning his law degree in 1954. During that time, he served as Secretary to Archbishop Makarios III, in London, in charge of public relations and enlightment concerning the Cyprus problem.
When the EOKA struggle for liberation from Britain and union with Greece broke out, Kyprianou was ordered to leave Britain. He took up residence in Athens where he became involved with PEKA - the political wing of EOKA.
In 1976, he founded of the Democratic Party of Cyprus "ΔΗ.ΚΟ." which, in the parliamentary elections of September 5, 1976, won 21 seats out of a total of 35 in the House of Representatives. Kyprianou was elected President of the House.
Following the death of Archbishop Makarios III on August 3, 1977, he became acting President of Cyprus. On September 3, 1977, he was unanimously elected President of the Republic to serve out the remaining term of office of Archbishop Makarios. He was re-elected on February 28, 1978 (unopposed), and on February 13, 1983.
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