Former Disy member, Ioanna Syngrasiti, on Wednesday declared her support for Diko leader and presidential candidate Nicoolas Papadopoulos.
Following a meeting with Papadopoulos, Syngrasiti, said that she had decided to back Diko’s leader as a presidential candidate in next year’s elections, citing shared values.
Syngrasiti, a former member of the ruling party’s political bureau, resigned last October and cut ties with Disy. A difference of opinion over the party’s handling of the Cyprus issue was a major reason for the split.
Syngrasiti said that change was necessary in politics, away from “the usual age-old party practices”. A new model of administration is necessary, she said, as well as new people with fresh ideas.
“Staying true to my […] principles and values, I decided to support and join Nicolas Papadopoulos in the upcoming presidential elections. A politician of my generation, who convinced me about what I consider important for the future of our country, above all about the course of the Cyprus problem,” she said.
She added that the country needs politicians with a national vision, dynamism and belief in the comparative advantages of Cyprus, “who are socially sensitive and incompatible with the chronic pathogens of the political system”.
Papadopoulos said it was important that his candidacy is supported by people and political personalities from other parties.
He said that Syngrasiti’s contribution through her proposals as an international relations expert who has knowledge of the region and of European affairs, would be especially important in the new strategy on the Cyprus issue.
Syngrasiti appears to share Diko’s hard stance on the Cyprus issue.
In her resignation letter to Disy leader Averof Neophytou, Syngrasiti had said that the “ambiguous attitude of the party leadership in the process of resolving the Cyprus problem does not seem to assist and favour a viable and functional solution that guarantees the interests of the Greek Cypriot community”.
She also blamed the party for ignoring its patriotic duty of as to the “national Issue” in its daily politics and for only remembering war heroes at memorial services.
Syngrasiti said that she felt that Disy had been alarmingly straying from its ideological and political points of reference in recent years, and that it had become undemocratic.