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Garoyian and Papadopoulos draw swords in race for DIKO leadership

MP Nicolas Papadopoulos pictured above with his family

INCUMBENT president Marios Garoyian and challenger Nicolas Papadopoulos officially filed their candidacy yesterday for the leadership of DIKO which will be held at the centre-right party’s conference on December 1.

Talking to reporters, Garoyian said that the person most suitable for the DIKO leadership is not someone “who treats the position as a stepping stone to fulfill personal ambitions”.

The current DIKO leader also said that leaders are elected by the people and not by polls, “despite how masterfully they are presented”.

Garoyian was referring to recent opinion polls that showed Papadopoulos winning the race by a large margin.

Garoyian and his staff have repeatedly dismissed the polls, questioning their validity.

Papadopoulos, son of former Cyprus president and DIKO leader Tassos Papadopoulos, said that it was a great honour to run for the seat once held by former president Spyros Kyprianou and his father.

Papadopoulos appealed to the wider party membership, stating that on December 1 the members of DIKO will have the opportunity to elect whom they think to be the best man for the job.

“I filed my candidacy because I believe in DIKO, I believe in its prospect and the decisive role it can play in the future”, he added.

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