EDEK leader Marinos Sizopoulos and Solidarity Movement’s Demetris Syllouris are the latest contenders for the position of House Speaker who will be chosen on June 2 in the new parliament.
On Tuesday night, Green Party leader Giorgos Perdikis had also announced his decision to run for the post.
DIKO in the meantime has made it known that neither their president nor any other member of the party will stand for the post.
Due to the changed composition of the new parliament, which now consists of eight parties who so far show few signs of working together, there is uncertainty as to who the new speaker will be. The decision, however, is thought to be an indication of things to come, as it is the first big test of the power balance in the new House.
The smaller parties, if voting together, could get their own candidate elected, whereas the bigger ones, on their own, will have trouble in doing so.
It is widely believed that Giorgos Lillikas, leader of the Citizens alliance has few chances as he has bashed everybody in his pre-election campaign.
Perdikis cited his vast experience in parliamentary matters as a reason for his candidacy, and Syllouris also seemed to want the post due to his experience as he is the most senior deputy in the new parliament.
AKEL has yet to announce whether their leader Andros Kyprianou will stand for the post, but media reports say that AKEL is keen on securing the position.
DISY’s Averof Neophytou is another option.
Sizopoulos was recently condemned for mistakes by outgoing Limassol MP Nicos Nicolaides. The MP blasted Sizopoulos for “decisions of exclusion, rather than unity”, hinting at his leader’s “feelings of vengefulness, intentions to ostracise those who disagree with him, or promoting his favourites at any cost”. The spat evolved after Sizopoulos decided to run for a seat in Limassol where Nicolaides was serving as MP.