With one foot outside the governing coalition, Diko yesterday announced its new leadership with old faces making a comeback after Sunday’s elections.
Former Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou is the new deputy chairman, and ex Health Minister Christos Patsalides is now vice-president. Marinos Moushouttas was elected general secretary and Phytos Constantinou re-elected organisational secretary.
Elections for the top post took place on December 1 with Nicolas Papadopoulos ousting Marios Garoyian. But two months later, his party seems to be in turmoil, divided into two camps just as it prepares to take the big decision on whether to stay in the coalition now that Cyprus peace aiming are resuming.
Papadopoulos (pictured voting with wife Yiota) and his hardline camp on the Cyprus issue are firmly opposed to the agreed joint declaration that has paved the way for today’s resumption of the UN-brokered peace process.
Insiders say Papadopoulos has almost full control of the new 16-member executive office which saw party spokeswoman Christiana Erotokritou, a Nicosia lawyer, cruising through with over 800 votes.
The other members are George Solomou, Menelaos Komodikis, Athos Antoniades, Michalis Damianos, Andreas Pentaliotis, Costas Mavrides, Loizos Loizou, Andri Koulia, Evi Tsolaki, Chrysanthos Savvides, Maria Zavrou, Yiannos Lakkotrypis, Pambos Pittokopitis and Stelios Ieronymides.
The some 20,000 ballots cast - 52.2% of Diko registered members – cannot be considered a satisfactory show-up.
A big surprise was MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou’s failure to win the number two position in the hierarchy, with Kyprianou – the son of former President and founder of Diko – making a remarkable comeback to politics.
Kyprianou, who served in the Christofias government, was tried and acquitted for his political role in the Mari blast of July 2011 which killed 13 people and injured dozens.