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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Cleanthous lashes out at DIKO ‘opportunists’ ]

Cleanthous lashes out at DIKO ‘opportunists’

DIKO deputy Nicos Cleanthous yesterday accused his party’s leadership of making opportunistic decisions to serve personal interests.

The claims further fuelled reports over a rift in DIKO as well as a power struggle between Cleanthous and DIKO leader Marios Karoyian, to whom he lost the party’s presidency in 2006.

As Alithia newspaper described the two conflicting DIKO camps, the pro-Tassians and the Karoyian team have disagreed over which of the party’s members should be appointed in the new government.

“It appears that the collective bodies are not operating collectively,” Cleanthous told the Cyprus Mail yesterday. “We are talking phenomena of opportunism. I have become witness to the [DIKO] members’ anxious cries, before and after the elections.
We are making our decisions opportunistically.”

Cleanthous avoided specifying who his claims were being aimed at: “People can understand and judge for themselves. I don’t need to point any fingers,” he said, adding that it was his responsibility to spot and tackle these phenomena, “to save our political credibility”.

Speaking earlier to the CyBC, Cleanthous admitted Tassos Papadopoulos’ exclusion from the second round of the elections had been a complete shock to DIKO.

“For this reason it found us mainly unprepared. The unity was found in the people [of DIKO], who were put through the trial of, maybe with difficulty, voting for a left-wing president. But they acted consciously and instinctively to save the history and pride of this party,” said Cleanthous.

In response, DIKO vice-chairman Nicos Pittokopitis made it clear that if party members wished to project their own policies, then they should distance themselves from the party and follow their own path.

“If anyone has opinions, he can submit them to the party’s collective bodies, so we can be constructive and find the best possible solution for the new Cabinet,” said Pittokopitis. “All these statements, whoever they are originating from, do not contribute or offer to the peace and unity of the Democratic Party at this moment,” he added. “If any of us wants to make their own policies, there is another way: he separates his position from this party and moves ahead alone and makes his own decisions.”

He pointed out that apart from the Foreign Ministry, there had been no other official announcements on which ministries DIKO would be getting, and so any speculation on Cleanthous’ behalf over who would be given which post was completely unfounded.

DIKO leader Marios Karoyian also said that Cleanthous’ statements did not serve the party’s or the island’s best interests.

Asked whether DIKO had been split into two camps, Karoyian said his party was as strong as ever and all would be discussed when the time was right.

Meanwhile, DIKO’s youth movement NEDIK yesterday warned Cleanthous he was distancing himself from the party more and more every day.

“From yesterday [Monday], Mr Cleanthous has launched an attack against the DIKO leadership for its failure in the first round of the presidential elections,” the movement announced.

“We are wondering where Mr Cleanthous was during the first-round battle, fought by the leadership, officials and members of DIKO for Tassos Papadopoulos.”

It added, “If of course Mr Cleanthous is still annoyed over his defeat in 2006 regarding the Democratic Party’s presidency, this does not mean he should express it by unfairly accusing the DIKO leadership in the press.”

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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