THE NEW head of DIKO Nicolas Papadopoulos who recently beat Marios Garoyian in party elections, has also reinstated the party’s former deputy head who was ejected after standing against Garoyian two years ago.
Giorgos Colocassides had stood against Garoyian’s bid to earn the presidency of the House in 2011. DIKO MP Zacharias Koulias, who now stands as an independent, also did not back Garoyian who lost to Yiannakis Omirou.
In response, Garoyian called for a party meeting and both men were ejected from the party for being insubordinate. Papadopoulos, the new DIKO leader, had abstained from voting. Colocassides said at the time Garoyian had dealt with the whole thing in a “shameful” way. He yesterday thanked Papadopoulos for paving the way for “genuine dialogue within the party.”
Garoyian-backed Angelos Votsis handed his resignation as party spokesman and has been replaced by Christiana Erotokritou until elections for the rest of the executive bureau takes place on February 9 next year.