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Lecturer is Plaid's new chief executive.

Byline: Hywel Trewyn

A LECTURER in international politics has landed Plaid Cymru's top official job.

The party announced yesterday that Dafydd Trystan was to become its new chief executive.

He takes over from Abergeleborn Karl Davies who stood down in April.

His exact starting date has still to be arranged with Dr Trystan's present employers.

An Aberystwyth University lecturer, who is in his late 20s, he is a well-known political pundit on Welsh TV and radio programmes.

The other person interviewed for the post, press and communications officer Anna Brychan, who was acting chief executive at the party's HQ in Toe Gwynfor, Park Place, Cardiff, has now been seconded to a role as an adviser at the National Assembly.

Ms Brychan, in her 30s, is originally from Aberystwyth. Meleri Evans continues as the party's press officer.

Yesterday Dr Trystan was not available for interviews.

In a statement he said: ``I am thrilled and excited to be appointed chief executive of Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales. For me, it is an honour and a privilege to be chosen to lead the staff team at Plaid Cymru - a team that I have always admired from afar.

``I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the work done by my predecessors in developing the party.

``It is without doubt one of the most exciting periods in Welsh politics. For the past years I have analysed the Welsh political landscape, I now relish the opportunity to play my part in seeking to transform that landscape.

``Coming from the South Wales Valleys I know very well the task facing the National Assembly to develop a confident and prosperous Wales.

``I have no doubt that Plaid Cymru will have an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people in Wales.''

Dafydd Trystan was born and brought up in Aberdare, Cynon Valley, and attended Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen. A graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, he obtained a degree in International Politics before completing a PhD on the effects of globalisation on the Welsh economy.

As a lecturer, he specialised in electoral analysis of Welsh politics.

Elin Jones, AM for Ceredigion and Plaid Cymru's chairman, said: ``I am obviously delighted that Plaid Cymru has been able to attract a person of Dafydd Trystan's calibre to the post of chief executive.

``Dr Trystan brings with him a wealth of experience of the political scene in Wales.

``This is an exciting and challenging time for Plaid Cymru as we prepare for one of our most important elections yet in 2003.''
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