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Cyprus Internet Directory [ DISY accuses government of cronyism ]

DISY accuses government of cronyism

OPPOSITION DISY yesterday accused the government of using abusing its power to set up some of its own.

The criticism was made by acting DISY spokesman Haris Georgides in response to President Demetris Christofias’ appointment of Akis Papasavvas to the position of assistant Attorney-general.

“It is truly with great sadness that we are today obliged to make reference to what is now a clear tendency by the new government to use the appointment of independent officials as an opportunity to set up some of its own people,” Georgiades said.

Refusing to go into too many details, the DISY man limited himself to referring Papasavvas’ appointment.

“It is a fact though that the latest appointment is that of the deputy Attorney-general,” he said.

Georgiades went on to say that the presidential appointees had nothing to do with the President’s pre-election promises of modernisation.

“Even worse people who have insulted the same institutions they have been called to serve are selected, people who personify dogmatism and perceptions that have nothing to do with Demetris Christofias’ pre-election proclamations for renewal and modernisation,” he said.

He called on the government to start adopting a responsible attitude, as maintained by DISY.

“The Democratic Rally Party’s serious and responsible attitude on both the national issue and domestically is unchanging. It is time for the government to show a similarly responsible attitude,” Georgiades said.

As a truly “responsible political force”, DISY had thought it useful to give the new government a logical grace period to facilitate the smooth implementation of its government programme.

“This responsible attitude of ours does not mean indifference or weakness in exercising criticism where it is warranted,” the DISY deputy spokesman said.

Hitting back at Georgiades’ criticisms, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said Christofias made his appointments based on individuals’ dedication to the Republic and its institutions.

He added that he was saddened by DISY’s statements, adding that the government had not driven any official or semi-government organisation board member to resignation so that it could appoint its own, as had been done in the past.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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