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‘Ready for radical changes’

President Anastasiades conceded that there have been delays in the necessary reforms but said he was ready for decisive changes to vital areas of public life

President Nicos Anastasiades appears ready to carry out radical changes across the board, even proposing a government of wider acceptance.

“I am ready to hear the party recommendations,” he said in an interview with daily Phileleftheros on Sunday, before his return from New York where he underwent heart surgery.

He conceded that there have been delays in the necessary reforms but said he was ready for decisive changes to vital areas of public life.

Anastasiades also announced changes to the structure of the presidency and the operation of the Presidential Palace.

To former government partner DIKO, the president was basically admitting a dead-end.

“He is forced to say this because of the political isolation and the dead ends that his choices, decisions, and handling have put our country in, both as regards the Cyprus problem and the economy,” DIKO spokeswoman Christiana Erotocritou said.

The party said there was a need for a new strategy on the Cyprus problem and an assertive policy regarding the economy to bring about changes to the terms of the bailout.

Main opposition AKEL was quick to respond that a wider coalition government was impossible due to the difference in ideology.

“The reason is simple. There is a chasm between the government positions and philosophy and AKEL, especially on the economy,” spokesman Giorgos Loukaides said.

He also said the two sides had significant differences as regards the handling of the Cyprus problem.

“Therefore, such an objective is in effect unfeasible.”

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