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Paphos mayor will not be deterred, despite threats

Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos

Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos said on Friday he would not be deterred from cleaning up the municipality, following the explosion of a low-grade device behind the town hall on Thursday night.

The explosive device went off in a park behind the town hall at around 8pm on Thursday, police said.

According to Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsiappis, a fire extinguisher was rigged to blow in 28th October park. There were no injuries or property damage.

It was the second such incident in the past two months, according to Tsiappis.

Phedonos told the Cyprus Mail on Friday that if someone wanted to send a message to the municipality’s employees, the elected officials or to him, then that message was received.

“And that message is that we will not stop our efforts to bring transparency in all of the municipality’s dealings and finally put an end to impunity. We have the resolve and we will keep going,” said the mayor.

“We have a lot of stuff on our plate right now. We are looking into dealings regarding the district’s waste management plant, the work done at the town’s coastal road and many others. We are hard at work, and as I said we won’t be deterred.”

The Paphos municipality went through a rough patch recently, after former mayor Savvas Vergas was handed a six-year prison sentence on charges of corruption and money laundering. Phedonos succeeded Vergas in a special election, shortly after the former mayor resigned his post.


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