Former MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou announced on Monday she would not be among DIKO’s candidates in May’s parliamentary elections, citing her disagreement with the way the party is being run as her reason.
In a letter, addressed to DIKO’s head Nicolas Papadopoulos, and which she also made public, Papadopoulou informed the party leader that she would not due to the “disappointing” internal affairs of DIKO.
“The ostracism of capable party members who led the struggle for Cyprus and its people, the constant deterioration of the party to include thousands of casual members and the irresponsible, arrogant and methodical gnawing away at the healthy core of the party have wounded the (party’s) image and its effectiveness,” she said.
Papadopoulou added that there were “deliberately created factions” within the party.
She also expressed her disapproval at the party’s adoption “of an increasingly tough communication policy which often exudes intense negativity and rejectionism as regards the Cyprus problem”.
Papadopoulou is the second of DIKO’s old guard to reject a spot on the party’s ticket.
Earlier in the month, sitting DIKO MP Athina Kyriakidou, announced that she too had decided not to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections, citing disagreement with the leadership’s stance on the Cyprus problem. Last month former DIKO chairman Marios Garoyian, also a sitting MP and considered by many the de facto leader of DIKO’s wing of moderates, also announced he would not be running.