Akel general secretary Andros Kyprianou on Sunday accused President Nicos Anastasiades of playing games with the hope of the Cypriot people for a solution and reunification, and also slammed the government’s economic policies.
Speaking before the party’s Pancyprian Congress, Kyprianou said “the days of the Anastasiades-Disy government would go down in history as the era of unprecedented incidents of corruption, nepotism and arrogance”.
The conference was called to rubber-stamp the Akel central committee’s proposal to support Stavros Malas’ candidacy in the presidential elections next year. He was given the party member’s backing in a vote around lunchtime that saw 955 out of 963 members vote in his favour.
Kyprianou Malas’ candidacy would represent “true change” while Anastasiades was putting his personal ambitions above the next generations and the interests of Cyprus.
“Mr Anastasiades is unprepared to take honest and clear initiatives to resume negotiations and prevent new developments undertaken by the Turkish side, but instead sets conditions that will not convince the UN to take a new initiative,” said Kyprianou.
On the economy, he said one-third of the population was virtually below the defined poverty line, adding that Eurostat had noted that Cyprus was last in the EU when it came to social protection spending and is ” a champion of the gap between the few privileged and all the rest”, he added.
The current government had to go “before the country sinks even more deeply into the stagnation, unreliability, injustice and inequality”.
He added that those who must replace them must be young, incorruptible, honest, competent and innovative, “and they can not be the ones who will come with Nicolas Papadopoulos nor those who accompany George Lillikas”, he said.
Referring to Malas, he said: “This time we can and must defeat the populism and demagoguery of those who think they own the place. We can and must defeat the establishment, the old and the rotten, the arrogance and the conceit of those who think they can almost buy the elections,” he added.
Stavros Malas was a winning choice because he has a strong and competent team that could take Cyprus forward and inspired confidence, Kyprianou said.
“Malas unites, does not divide. There is no demagoguery and he knows what he wants.”