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Cabinet wins charity basketball game with journalists, president comments on plenum fiasco

President Nicos Anastasiades with 'his team'

Members of the cabinet and presidential guard on Sunday played a basketball match in Nicosia against journalists from Sigma as part of the anti-cancer fundraising efforts this week.

According to a tweet by President Nicos Anastasiades, the government team won comfortably “with my guidance” though he was challenged on the fact that victory was assured more by the members of the palace guard than the members of the cabinet who played.

Over 7,000 euros was collected for the anti-cancer society.

On the sidelines of the game, he spoke to reporters about a number of bills passed by parliament on Thursday during its last session before elections, that are slated to be referred to the Supreme Court to examine their constitutionality.

He said he had already requested the opinion of the attorney-general.

AG Costas Clerides said on Friday that a large number of bills passed by the parliament on Thursday were likely to be referred to the Supreme Court or be cancelled, saying the House had acted “sloppily”.

One of the most contentious was the bill to offset loans with bonds for those hit by the 2013 banking crisis.

Clerides said the actions of the outgoing MPs would cause the law office “a nightmarish headache”.

Cabinet basketball team including a handful of ministers
Cabinet basketball team including a handful of ministers
Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis with the ball
Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis with the ball
Transport Minister Marios Demetriades
Transport Minister Marios Demetriades
Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides
Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides

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