Han vandt [[præsidentvalget
, 2008 ]] i anden runde af afstemningen. Gennem hele valgkampen, lovede han at genstarte forhandlinger med [[tyrkisk-cyprioter]] med henblik på at finde en løsning på [[Cypern tvist]] og genforene øen. Han har også støttet lukningen af [[Akrotiri og Dhekelia | britiske militærbaser på Cypern]].
He won the [[Cypriot presidential election, 2008|2008 Cypriot presidential elections]] in the 2nd round of voting. Throughout the election campaign, he pledged to restart talks with [[Turkish Cypriots]] in order to find a solution to the [[Cyprus dispute]] and reunify the island. He has also supported the closure of the [[Akrotiri and Dhekelia|British military bases on Cyprus]].<ref>[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/25/cyprus.greece "Cyprus elects its first communist president"], The Guardian, [[25 February]] [].</ref>
== Early life ==
He was born on [[29 August]] [] in the village of Dhikomo, [[Kyrenia District|Kyrenia]]. Christofias became involved in leftist politics early in his youth and held several positions with the youth movement of [[AKEL]] (the Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus). His father, who died in 1987, was a progressive builder, member of the [[Pancyprian Federation of Labour]] (PEO).
He had his secondary-school education at Nicosia Commercial Lyceum, from where he graduated in 1964.
At the age of 14, he joined the progressive secondary-school students’ organisation PEOM and at the age of 18 he joined EDON (AKEL's United Democratic Youth Organisation), PEO Trade Unions and AKEL. In 1969, at the 5th Congress of EDON, he was elected member of the Central Council.
Dimitris Christofias studied at the Institute of Social Sciences and the Academy of Social Sciences in [[Moscow]] from 1969 to 1974 from which he graduated with the Diploma and degree of Doctor of Philosophy in History (Ph.D.History). In Moscow he met his wife, Elsie Chiratou, and later returned to Cyprus and political life.