Newly-elected Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos eased concerns yesterday that he would call for a shake-up in government as head of the junior coalition party. There had been fears that he would pull the Diko ministers who were loyal to previous Diko chief Marios Garoyian.
Moreover, the extreme scenario speculated that he could withdraw from the government all together as, unlike Garoyian, he did not support the candidature of Nicos Anastasiades in February’s presidential election.
“There is no such issue (reshuffle), collaboration with the government will continue as it is,” Papadopoulos told journalists after a tete-a-tete with President Anastasiades yesterday.
Papadopoulos participated in yesterday’s National Council meeting for the first time only hours after a close party vote where he secured 51.1% against Garoyian’s 48.9%. He met Anastasiades afterwards to reassure that Diko under his leadership was not ready to rock the boat.
But political observers say that once the honeymoon period is over the political climate could change.