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EDEK MP furious over leader’s Limassol election bid

EDEK MP Nicos Nicolaides

EDEK’s sole Limassol MP Nicos Nicolaides has accused party leader Marinos Sizopoulos of scuppering his own re-election chances after the latter decided to run for a seat in parliament in the district.
At a news conference on Wednesday, shortly after Sizopoulos announced the list of the party’s candidates for the 56 parliamentary seats, as well as his own decision to run in the Limassol district, Nicolaides said he was informed of the decision last week, in a meeting “held six months after I asked for it in a letter”.
“His decision, made some time ago, essentially negates the prospect of my own candidacy in the district,” he said.
“His decision makes my bid for re-election completely hopeless, thus rendering my participation in the elections ineffective and unconvincing.”
Under these circumstances, Sizopoulos’ plea for him to run in Limassol lacked honesty because it was not supported by action, Nicolaides said.
“My personal and political dignity leave me with no options,” he added.
Nicolaides blasted Sizopoulos for “decisions of exclusion, rather than unity”, and hinted at his leader’s “feelings of disastrous vengefulness, intentions to ostracise those who disagree with him, or promoting his favourites at any cost”.
“Instead of fighting for a second seat in Nicosia, this leadership resorts to a single-seat district,” Nicolaides charged.
“I can’t hide my belief that this party deserves better.”
Earlier, Sizopoulos denied that his decision to run in Limassol targeted Nicolaides.
“The reasons have to do with tactics, allocation of seats, and even completing the ballot,” he said.
“There has been no expediency, nor any attempt to disqualify any candidates.”
Nicolaides’ decision not to run closes the circle of EDEK’s incumbent deputies, none of whom are up for re-election.
“This has nothing to do with any disagreements that may have come up within the party,” Sizopoulos said.
“The list of candidates includes several individuals who openly voiced disagreements in the past. Even during the recent party elections, they had openly backed my opponent.”
He added that, last June, the party decided to cap the number of terms for which a party official may hold a post.
“The majority of sitting MPs fall under this clause,” Sizopoulos said.
Meanwhile, despite rumours linking him to running for a seat on EDEK’s ballot, prominent former footballer-turned-coach Costas Malekkos’ name was not included in Sizopoulos’ announcement.
“I’m a coach, not a politician,” Malekkos told online news portal Reporter.
“I decided not to run. I had never decided to run, there were just some discussions for me to head a ‘sports’ section.”

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