By Angelos Anastasiou
The European Party’s (EVROKO) Paphos municipal councillor Andreas Chrysanthou on Tuesday announced his independent candidacy for Paphos mayor.
The post was vacated earlier this month after mayor Savvas Vergas resigned while in police custody pending investigation into four cases of alleged abuse of power and financial wrongdoing.
Following Vergas’ resignation, interior minister Sokratis Hasikos announced that mayoral elections would be held on January 11, with candidacies to be submitted by year end.
“The decision wasn’t an easy one to make,” Chrysanthou said in his statement. “But I wanted to give my fellow citizens a non-partisan option.”
With the exception of the Citizens’ Alliance, political parties have thus far shied from backing candidates from their ranks, in response to public dismay at revelations implicating officials from all major parties in alleged corruption.
“I can’t promise much,” Chrysanthou added. “What I can promise, while looking my fellow citizens in the eye, is that I will work hard, honestly and selflessly, as I have as municipal councillor over the last three years for the good of the city.
“The challenges facing us are daunting, but with an extrovert outlook, tolerance, respect towards citizens and a joint effort by all councillors, we can make it.”
Chrysanthou also said that, never one to shy from a fight, he has always been in the frontline, and called on citizens to vote for him for a better Paphos.