NICOSIA – Runners for main coalition partner Diko’s leadership elections on February 9 submitted on Monday, between 9am and 5pm, their candidacies.
The centre party appears to still be split into two camps and the candidacies are for the key positions of deputy leader, vice-president, secretary general, organization secretary, members of the executive office as well as those of district offices.
Close allies of newly-elected leader Nicolas Papadopoulos want to take over control from ousted president Marios Garoyian’s camp.
An insiders has said: “It’s a war of trenches. There are obviously two camps trying to take control and with December 1’s election results (for the very top position) being so close the outcome in February could go either way”.
It is almost certain that former foreign minister Marcos Kyprianou will be contesting the deputy leadership position, with the Papadopoulos camp reportedly giving the green light for it.
Kyprianou’s term in office as foreign minister ended up in disaster after the Mari naval base explosives blast in July 2011 that killed 13 people and injured dozens. He stood trial for his political role behind the explosion but was acquitted.