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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Cabinet speculation in full flow ]

Cabinet speculation in full flow


PRESIDENT elect Demetris Christofias yesterday continued negotiations in preparation for his new government.

Starting early in the morning, Christofias spoke to DIKO leader Marios Karoyian over the phone and later met with EDEK president Yiannakis Omirou, both of whom have been presented with a list of ministries they will be given.

The night before, the incoming President repeated his plan to create a government of “broad acceptance”, which would include the participation of all political powers that supported his candidacy.

Yesterday, Christofias failed to confirm Karoyian’s claims that his party had been promised the House Presidency as well as the Foreign Ministry in return for DIKO’s support for his candidacy.

Although no names were officially announced by any party involved, media speculation continued to mount and a number of political personalities were linked to the new Cabinet.

According to CyBC and online newsletter Offsite yesterday, AKEL official and campaign spokesman Stefanos Stefanou is being hotly tipped for taking on duties as the new Government Spokesman. EU Commissioner Markos Kyprianou is still favourite to take over the Foreign Ministry, but plans to replace him with Omirou were yesterday foiled when the EDEK leader officially turned the offer down.

Electricity Authority chairman Charilaos Stavrakis and Neoklis Silikiotis are estimated to take over the Finance and Interior Ministries respectively, while the Defence Ministry is expected to go to either Antonis Koutalianos or Kypros Chrysostomides.

Justice Minister Sophocles Sophocleous is said to be after maintaining his position, but the position is also said to be open for Chrysostomides.

Sotiroulla Charalambous, Androulla Vassiliou and Praxoula Antoniadou have all been linked to the Labour Ministry, while former Health Minister Charis Charalambous is expected to take on his old duties.

The Agriculture Ministry is expected to go to EDEK, while former Government Spokesman Vasilis Palmas and Antonis Koutalianos are being tipped for Communications Minister.

The CyBC yesterday said the Education Ministry was being linked to Akis Kleanthous and Vasilis Palmas, but Offsite also mentions the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK) dean, Andreas Demetriou.

The Trade Ministry is expected to be given to DIKO, but no names have been referred to yet.

Regarding DISY leader Nicos Anastassiades’ announcement that his party planned to return to the National Council – DISY withdrew from in 2006 in protest at its “dysfunctional operation” – AKEL Spokesman Andros Kyprianou said DISY had been inexcusable for leaving and would be even more inexcusable if they failed to return.

He also said that some of the names being touted in the media for various ministerial posts were so ridiculous they made him “laugh out loud”.


(Source: Cyprus Mail)





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