Limassol Mayor Andreas Christou on Tuesday officially announced that he would be seeking a third term in December’s local elections.
Christou, who served as MP with AKEL and interior minister in the Tassos Papadopoulos administration, said he was standing as an independent “above and beyond political and party positions.”
Initially, it had appeared that Christou would not be seeking re-election for the third time, but he changed his mind after a strong show of support from a wide range of people of various political ideologies.
“I decided, with a deep sense of respect and love, to once more be there for our city, for Limassol and its residents,” he said.
“Your vision, our vision, the programme and the planning, consensus and the municipal council’s common will, brought enviable infrastructure to Limassol.”
The coastal city was now among the top upcoming tourist destinations and has become one of the biggest business centres in the east Mediterranean, he said.
“Our development programme fetched many millions (of euros) to Limassol.”
The mayor said a new programme was in the pipeline, with new large projects on the cards and others underway.
Christou expressed his boundless appreciation towards Limassol residents who supported the effort and encouraged and worked with the municipality.
He assured them that the same policy of consensus and understanding will always govern “our thoughts and actions.”
Christou is being challenged by former Edek MP Nicos Nicolaides who is supported by ruling Disy.
None of the opposition parties have expressed their intentions yet but it is certain that Akel will support Christou.
“Of course parties are the society’s organisation and no one can disregard them or downgrade their role,” Christou said. “But at the same time there is the municipality, the municipality of the people, the residents who have their own view, especially in local elections, as has been proven repeatedly”.