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Spokesman does not rule out changes at Presidential Palace

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides

Government Spokesman Nicos Christoulides has not ruled out the possibility that the President of the Republic will proceed with changes as regards his aides at the Presidential Palace.

Replying to questions, Christodoulides said that in the framework of a possible re-organization, there may be new people while possibly some will have to leave.

“This decision depends on the President”, he pointed out.

The Spokesman said that the President, who returns to Cyprus from New York today Sunday, will return to his duties on Tuesday, after having undergone an open heart surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

On Tuesday President Anastasiades will hold a meeting with President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou, who assumed the duties of Acting President of the Republic during Anastasiades` absence. Later on the same day, the President will preside over the Council of Ministers.

The Spokesman said that one of the first issues the President will focus on will be the re-organisation at the Presidential Palace.

As regards a possible government reshuffle, he said that for the moment there is nothing to announce.

The Spokesman was also asked about President Anastasiades` visits to Russia and Israel which were due to take place in December but were cancelled due to the health problems he was facing.

Christodoulides said that the President will most probably visit Russia in February, while referring to Israel he said that the visit will take place after the elections in Israel.

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