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DIKO asks Vergas to quit

DIKO chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos has asked Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas, a member of his party, to resign his post, it was announced on Friday.

In a written statement, the party said Papadopoulos had called Vergas on Thursday and suggested he resigned his post “so as not to affect the smooth operation of the municipality after the parties that make up the council decided to terminate their co-operation with him and abstain from meetings.”

EDEK was the first of the big parties to demand Vergas’ resignation two weeks ago. It was followed by DISY on Thursday.

Parties have been criticised over the delay.

Vergas said he will make a statement on Monday at 11am.

DIKO’s announcement came almost two months after Vergas had been linked with several cases of alleged misconduct currently investigated by authorities.

However, the party had suspended Vergas’ participation in the central committee from the beginning.

The mayor has already been charged in connection with threatening text messages sent to witnesses in a land zoning case involving prominent developer Theodoros Aristodemou.

Aristodemou, his wife, his company’s designer, and the former municipal engineer are facing charges in connection with the case.

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