By George Psyllides
THERE is no question of a reshuffle at present, the government spokesman said on Tuesday, announcing a party leaders’ meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades on January 12.
Nicos Christodoulides said the president wanted to discuss various matters with the parliamentary party leaders, including developments in the Cyprus problem and the economy.
One issue that will be on the table was foreclosures, the spokesman said, specifically the “developments after parliament’s decision” to suspend the law ostensibly to protect vulnerable groups.
Anastasiades will also explain his proposal for a government of wider acceptance, Christodoulides said, but a reshuffle was not on the cards right now.
“There is no question of a reshuffle at the moment,” he told a state radio news show. First there will be a discussion with the leaders and depending on their response there might be changes in the government formation.
But AKEL, the biggest party after ruling DISY, had already rejected the idea.
Its leader Andros Kyprianou suggested that Anastasiades was effectively asking them to share the responsibility for policies drafted by DISY and Anastasiades.
“This is a world first I think, asking everyone to participate in a government that only follows their positions,” Kyprianou said.
His party’s position was clear, he added: achieve minimum consensus on major issue and leave the wider acceptance government for later.
In a news conference last week, just after returning from New York where he underwent heart surgery, Anastasiades conceded that not everything went well during the first 22 months of his administration and said he was ready to discuss the possibility of a broad government coalition with political parties.
The president said he returned from the US ready to discuss the possibility of forming a government of the widest possible acceptance to tackle the challenges facing the island in the next three years.
“I believe, and I am being direct and honest, that the problems faced by the country cannot be shouldered by one person alone,” he said.