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Will the governing coalition in Cyprus collapse?

13 April 2009 / 10:04:19  GRReporter
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The managing coalition in Cyprus is about to collapse after Nikolas Papadopoulos, deputy chairman of the Democratic Party, criticized the policies of the President Dimitris Hristofias regarding the Cyprian problem. The letter, which Papadopoulos sent to the chairman of the Democratic Party Marios Karoyan, discusses the government’s withdrawal from power. The same opinion as Papadopoulos has: the deputy chairman of the Party Georgios Kolokasidis, the chief secretary Kiriakos Kenevezos and the organizational secretary Fithos Konstantinou.

Nikolas Papadopoulos is son of the former Cyprian president Thassos Papadopoulos. He is determined that the Democratic Party must take severe measures. Mr. Papadopoulos’ letter was published in “Filelefteros” newspaper and it states that the Party pays a political price with every passing day that it remains in the government, because it loses its statute of limitations regarding the Cyprian problem. According to the latest public opinion polls, many of the Party’s voters are withdrawing. But this time voters do not redirect towards the governing Party AKEL, which is Dimitris Hrostofias’ Party, but towards the opposition Parties – Democratic Alarm and European Party.

“With our constant support for Dimitris Hristofias, we alienate our voters. I am afraid that this dissatisfaction will transform into a negative vote in the upcoming European elections and DIKO will decrease its percentage. Based on this, I believe we need to discuss the possibility to withdraw from the government of Dimitris Hristofias,” says Mr. Papadopoulos in his letter and he also added that his political party is in a flashing point of its history and not more than ever it needs to make the right decisions.

Papadopoulos openly criticizes Hristofias that in his negotiations with Talat, he renews the discussions on Kofi Annan’s plan and the achieved agreements are due to the fact that all Cyprian Turkish positions have been accepted.

For such positions, Mr. Papadopoulos gives examples of: 1. The agreement for assuming the presidential post on rotational basis by the two sides. 2. “The cooperation agreement,” which raises many questions of why it stipulates three sovereign State formations and 3. The fact that it recognizes all legislative, executive and legal decisions of the newly declared republic.  

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