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EVROKO to merge with Theocharous’ Solidarity movement (Update)

CENTRE-right EVROKO announced on Friday it would be merging with MEP Eleni Theocharous’ Solidarity Movement launched earlier this year, for the parliamentary elections in May.

The move, that sees the party’s end ever since it came to life in 2005 as the ‘European Party’, was announced by leader Demetris Syllouris during a news conference.

Party members running in the parliamentary elections will now register under the Solidarity Movement’s ticket.

Syllouris said that no one will be challenging the leadership of the movement as the position will be held by Theocharous.

The 56 candidates will include Syllouris, Theocharous and possibly candidates from other parties.

“Before the (parliamentary) elections, the Solidarity Movement will be reinforced by people, resources, ideas, policies and EVROKO staff.”

“We are making this sacrifice without any demand on a party or personal level,” Syllouris said, calling on the public to support the new group.

He said EVROKO was seeking to put aside its political aspiration and was merging with the Solidarity Movement in the upcoming elections.

“If we were looking to accommodate ourselves we would have accepted proposals which directly or indirectly came to us.”

“The aim of this effort is to give citizens a respectable choice in the election with capable and respectable candidates who are away from corruption.”

“At the same time, we aspire to give original and implementable proposals capable of dealing with problems and nulling the risks which threaten our country and nation.”

Syllouris expressed his belief that the party’s and his own personal sacrifice made in the merger will be particularly appreciated.

Cypriot people, he added, want something new and are sick of the corruption-riddled destructive choices that parties make which led to the demise of the country.

“This will be offered to them by Eleni Theocharous with the Solidarity Movement and our help and support.”

Theocharous, who takes a hardline stance on the Cyprus problem, broke ranks with ruling DISY in November citing differences in views on handling the issue.

Two months later, she formed the Solidarity Movement and sparked a reaction when, speaking at a function in Athens, she said she was prepared to set herself on fire if that’s what it took to push for a union of Greece and Cyprus.

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