Mayor and Muktar!
This is a very interesting place to live and work. During this week, we’ve learned so much about how the old feudal system of village “government” works with the more modern municipality – and its very , very colourful.
Peyia is an old village: stone built and with traditional village square, fountain of women and lovely , majestic church, the village has grown from the centre, out in every direction with new buildings. The village itself is governed by the Muktar, who sits in his office every eveninheader=Mayor and Muktar!, This is a very interesting place to live and work. During this week, we’ve learned so much about how the old feudal system of village “government” works with the more moderia is also a municipality, which covers Coral Bay, St Georges and Sea Caves, the municipality has to have an elected mayor and small managerial team who reside in the municipality and eg take payments for taxes/ pass planning permission/watch land sales /officiate over weddings etc – but cover a much greater geographical area than the Muktar does.
The Muktar has the “village seal” and can officiate over paperwork requiring visas or invitations for those from overseas to come and stay in Peyia.
He is also a great dancer! And he loves a beer! We had the great pleasure of meeting with him last week, requesting his help to authenticate some paperwork then met with him in Yialos for Cypriot dancing, beers and good natured banter.
Now thats the way to do business!!