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Politics and economy are focus of most local April Fools’ offerings

Demetris Christofias: a bid for 2018?

By Constantinos Psillides

Christofias’ bid for 2018, the finance minister resigning, MP Irini Charlamabidou being targeted by AKELites and many more, Greek Cypriot media stuck to the light-hearted custom of outright lying for a day and rolled out their April Fools’ stories on Wednesday.

News portal Sigmalive had former President Demetris Christofias, whose government is widely seen as having precipitated the demise of the economy, stating that he was considering a bid for the presidential election of 2018, “since he is concerned about the island’s economy and the Cyprus problem.”

Christofias’ decision, according to Sigmalive, had split main opposition party AKEL, and the former president was now considering forming his own party. The news portal reported that MP Zacharias Koulias was asked to comment but the connection was lost every time Christofias’ name was mentioned.

Daily Simerini had Finance Minister Harris Georgiades resigning his post, at the request of the Greek government as a response for the comments he made a month ago regarding his Greek counterpart Yianis Varoufakis. Georgiades commented during a Eurogroup meeting that he wasn’t sure what Greece wanted from its lenders. The comment that angered politicians on the island and Athens. Simerini reported that Greece’s government demanded President Nicos Anastasiades fire Georgiades.

Daily Alithia went in the same direction, but had Central Bank Governor Chrystalla Georghadji handing in her resignation. According to Alithia, Georghadji decided to step down after much consideration, “in an attempt to salvage what little credibility the CBC had left.”

News portal Politis-news also reported that the troika (European Central Bank, European Union and the International Monetary Fund) had decided to approve the next tranche of financial aid to the island, despite the foreclosure legislation not being passed by parliament yet.

Politis print edition said police  were zeroing in on those who sent death threats to AKEL MP Irini Charalambidou. In a surprising twist it turned out that fellow AKELites were responsible in an attempt to undermine the MP before the parliamentary elections of 2016.

AKEL mouthpiece Haravgi reported that the Church was considering starting a new inquisition, as a response to those that preached “doctrines that ridicule the faith.” The daily was poking fun at Archbishop Chrysostomos, following his statement that he would haul former DISY MEP Andreas Pitsillides –a theologian- before the Holy Synod to answer for his continuing criticism of the Church.

Phileleftheros is the only Cyprus daily that doesn’t follow the April Fool’s practice.

The Cyprus Mail’s contribution focused on a non-existent application by Cyprus to the Mars One project to become one of the simulation locations ahead of the 2024 mission to the Red Planet. It was true however that the mission is seeking such a location… and the part about Cyprus being the centre of the universe.

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