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Christofias book will focus on Mari and bailout

Former president Demetris Christofias has promised 'searing truths' in his book

Former president Demetris Christofias will be unveiling his book – an account of his presidency from 2008 to 2013 – during an event to take place early next month.

The book, titled Silenced History, will be available in two versions, Turkish and Greek.

The launch of the Turkish version will take place first, at a book festival in northern Nicosia on September 6.

The Cyprus Mail contacted Christofias’ private political office for details. The office said only they would soon be issuing a news release to media with further information.

The office did say that a separate event would be held for the presentation of the Greek edition, “shortly after the unveiling of the Turkish version”.

According to reports, it has taken Christofias some three years to complete the book. It’s understood he began writing it shortly after the end of his presidential term.

He left office on 28 February 2013, following the presidential elections he did not take part in.

In the upcoming book, Christofias, 70, will provide his personal account of his five-year term.

He is expected to defend his presidency, particularly with regard to the July 2011 explosion of munitions at Mari naval base, where 13 people were killed.

The munitions had been stored for two-and-a-half years exposed to the elements.

Also to be expected in the book is Christofias’ own take on the circumstances surrounding the collapse of Cyprus’ second largest lender Laiki Bank and the financial crisis which necessitated an international bailout in March 2013.

These two issues continue to be among the most hotly debated in Cypriot society, and the release of Christofias’ account is almost certain to fuel further controversy.

During a previous interview on a CyBC show, the former president had given the public a heads-up, asserting that in his upcoming book he would tell “searing truths, it will stir up a storm, but I don’t care, people need to know the truth.”

 

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