SIXTY members of the European Party (EVROKO) yesterday announced their departure from the party citing party leader Demetris Syllouris’ support for Nicos Anastasiades in the recent presidential elections as the main reason.
Among those leaving are MP Nicos Koutsou, the party’s general-secretary, Stelios Americanos and member of the political committee, Eleni Vrahimi.
Their departure was announced at a press conference yesterday in Nicosia, during which Americanos told reporters that around 80 per cent of the party’s elected municipal councillors and the majority of the party’s active members had decided to leave.
He said that the main reason for the exodus was that they disagreed with Syllouris decision to support Anastasiades during the presidential elections.
Americanos said that the party should follow party values and principles when deciding which candidate to support.
“We disagree and we are leaving,” he said, adding “our exodus is the only correct and dignified choice we could have taken”.
Koutsou stated that those leaving would continue on their own path without changing their goals. “Our main concern is Cyprus, not pieces of silver, but our actions,” he said.
In response, the party released a statement in which it said that it is the democratic right of any member to leave a party if they feel they cannot conform to the decisions made by the majority the party members.
“EVROKO’s decisions are taken democratically and according to the provisions of the party’s statute,” the statement said.
“Placing our motherland above all else and remaining faithful to the principles and values of our foundation, EVROKO is moving smoothly forward with all of those who are willing and able,” the statement concluded.