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Paphos EDEK saga goes on

EDEK's leader Marinos Sizopoulos

ELEVEN members of EDEK’s Paphos district committee yesterday tendered their resignations – for a second time – from the body.

The head of the committee and ten others quit citing irreconcilable differences with the socialist party’s leadership.

“This action was deemed as the only appropriate way out to preserve the dignity of the committee members, following the refusal of the central leadership to engage in an open and democratic dialogue to tackle the problems that arose recently,” a brief statement read.

The same members had resigned a week ago, but subsequently rescinded their signatures.

Last Wednesday, the head of the district committee Giorgos Nikandrous accused the leadership of staging a coup to get rid of him.

His accusations followed the resignation of ten of the committee’s 17 members who sought to convene a district conference to elect a new leadership.

Nikandrou had attributed the affair to an effort by EDEK leader Marinos Sizopoulos to depose him because of his disagreement with the party’s line on the Cyprus problem.

Nikandrou had disagreed when Sizopoulos denounced the bizonal, bicommunal federation as a basis for reunification.

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