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Sizopoulos and Varnava to face off for EDEK leadership

Marinos Sizopoulos

By Constantinos Psillides

EDEK deputy chairman Marinos Sizopoulos and party MP Giorgos Varnava will be facing off for the top spot in the party, on March 1.

Sizopoulos announced his candidacy on Friday, promising to bring an air of renewal to the party, promote younger members, bring back those that left, and strive for unity.

He also promised to work to ensure that anyone who was involved in a corruption scandal was brought to justice. The last one was a hint relating to party MP Fidias Sarikas, who was named in the Paphos Sewerage Board corruption scandal.

Sizopoulos also pledged to run for party chairman for two terms, unlike his predecessor Yiannakis Omirou who went against party statutes and decided to stay on for a third term.

“This is a time for unity and these difficult times, unity is our strength,” he said.

Varnava was also focusing on party unity when he announced his candidacy on Thursday.

The EDEK MP said that he never sought to clash with anyone within the party and that he had always placed unity above all.

“My candidacy will give the party a solution to all our major problems so we can face the upcoming parliamentary elections of 2016 united. Some people must realise that the party by definition belongs to each members and it’s no one’s property,” he said.

Both Sizopoulos and Varnava were the favourites to run for chairman from the moment Omirou resigned. Nicos Nicolaides, also an EDEK MP announced on Friday that he would not be seeking election due to medical issues. The deadline for submitting candidacy expires on February 18.

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