By Constantinos Psillides
THE three former DIKO ministers who were left out of the new cabinet after the reshuffle, took turns criticising the party’s leader Nicolas Papadopoulos yesterday, following the last meeting of the current cabinet.
Outgoing Education minister, Kyriakos Kenevezos, responding to comments made by DIKO spokeswoman Christiana Erotocrtiou about party members catering to personal ambitions, said that everybody has ambitions, even those criticising people with ambitions. “Every one of us has charted his course and I think that respect towards one another is best, especially for people who disagree with us. Time will show who issues statements and makes decisions based on the positions they are after”, said the former minister.
The response from former Defence minister Fotis Fotiou was similar.
“We will give our answers in due time ad then it will be made clear whether our resignations had anything to do with keeping our posts,” he said, adding that what matters now isn’t the fact that they suspended their party membership but the reasons that drove them to that decision.
The two ministers were careful in wording, trying to make clear that they are not resigning altogether. That of course was a clear message to Papadopoulos, who decided that the party should leave the government coalition due to disagreement in the handling of the Cyprus problem by President Anastasiades.
Former Health minister Petros Petrides on the other hand didn’t leave room for ambiguity. “Parties operate under a certain set of rules and I decided to quit DIKO, fully aware of the consequences of my actions. I thought that since I disagree with the decisions my party made, it would be fairer if I distance myself instead of being divisive. These are the rules of politics”, he said.
Petrides also took a swing at the party’s leader, saying that his resignation was a conscious decision and not a product of a trade-off. “I wouldn’t want to copy the example of the current DIKO leader,” said the former Health minister.