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Theocharous plans to run for president in 2018

Eleni Theocharous with House president Demetris Syllouris

Eleni Theocharous, MEP and leader of the recently-formed Solidarity Movement, broke the news on Thursday that she would be running for president in 2018.

The reveal came during a live television show on Sigma channel.

“Yes I will be a candidate [in the 2018 presidential elections]. If this puts an end to all the talk, then yes I will be running,” she said.

Theocharous would be the first woman in Cyprus to run for president.

But in response to another question, she refused to be drawn on whether she would vacate her seat in the European Parliament should she win a seat in the Cypriot parliament come May 22.

Her Solidarity Movement party polled 3.4 per cent in the latest survey – just shy of the 3.6 per cent electoral threshold.

In 1996 Theocharous ran in the legislative elections with DIKO but failed to get elected.

In 2001 she was elected to parliament on the DISY ticket, and re-elected in 2006.

Theocharous was elected to the European Parliament in 2009, on the DISY-European People’s Party ticket, and re-elected in 2014.

In November of last year, she broke off from DISY, citing irreconcilable differences with the party’s stance on the Cyprus problem.

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