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Three resignations from two parties (Updated)

Three members of political parties, EDEK’s co-vice chairpersons Marinos Theodorou and Maria Vassiliadou and the Citizens’ Alliance deputy chair Stelios Americanos announced on Monday they were resigning their positions.

The two EDEK members cited the low percentage of votes their party received on Sunday. Americanos said that he feels it is time for him to withdraw from his active role in politics and make way for younger people. All three had run as MP candidates, but did not receive enough votes to win a seat.

Theodorou, who ran as a candidate in the Nicosia district, announced his resignation through his social media account.

“Because I learned in life that posts come with responsibilities, I assume my share (of responsibility) as to the party’s failure to convince (the people) on its positions, thus I resign from the position of the co-vice chairman,” the announcement said.

In the same tone, Vassiliadou, told state broadcaster CyBC that EDEK should have paid attention to “the messages”.

EDEK, which received 21,732 votes on Sunday translating to 6.18 per cent of votes, lost two seats in parliament as only three of its candidates secured seats; Costas Efstathiou in Nicosia, the party’s leader Marinos Sizopoulos in Limassol, and Elias Myrianthous in Paphos.

According to official data, EDEK lost 2.75 per cent of votes since the last parliamentary elections on 2011.

Americanos, who also announced his resignation through his Facebook account said that the Citizens’ Alliance elections result “although it is short of the goal set, is positive given the circumstances”.

“So (this is the) end of an era of militant politics with mixed feelings; young people need to take the baton,” Americanos’ announcement said. “It has been a good race and a 20-year long journey, honest and uncompromising. But it came to an end. We must understand when something comes to an end, however difficult. (My) concern for the homeland will remain the same”.

He also pledged his support to the party and congratulated the three elected parliamentarians; the party’s head Giorgos Lillikas in Nicosia, Pavlos Mylonas in Limassol, and Anna Theologou in Famagusta.

This is the first term for the party’ in parliament. Citizens’ Alliance, founded in 2013, received 21,114 votes, translating to 6.01per cent of total votes.


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