Socialist Edek on Sunday announced its six candidates for the upcoming European parliament elections.
The names of the six hopefuls were announced after Edek’s members unanimously approved during a conference the suggestion of the party’s political bureau.
The candidates are former Deok trade union leader and member of Edek’s central committee, Diomedes Diomedous, director of the Cyprus Research Centre, Christos Iacovou, Journalist Natasa Ioannou, Edek Paphos MP Elias Myrianthous, businesswoman Thea Nicolaou and current Edek MEP Demetris Papadakis.
Edek leader, Marinos Sizopoulos, appeared confident that the party “can and should win the fifth place”, in the European Parliament elections.
Sizopoulos called on party members to answer with their votes to those who try to silence Edek’s voice, proving that the party remains strong.
The next European elections, he said, are a decisive electoral battle and their result will define the future.
“This battle will either consolidate Edek as the forth largest parliamentary party or it will bring about fresh turmoil,” he said.
European elections are set to take place in all EU countries from May 23 to 26. Voters will elect 705 members to represent them in the European Parliament until 2024. In Cyprus the European elections will take place on May 26. Cyprus elects six MEPs.
Main opposition party Akel presented on Saturday the six candidates who will be on its ballot for the May 2019 European Parliament elections.
Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides urged Cypriots earlier in the week to take part in the upcoming European Parliament elections to show their interest and the active role they want Cyprus to have in Europe’s future.
“Taking into consideration how crucial times are for the EU, the coming elections are of paramount importance,” he said.
The foreign minister also stressed that Cyprus should be present in the debate for the future of Europe not just physically but by having specific views.
Christodoulides also sent a message that “our substantive participation in EU matters constitutes a key pillar of our foreign policy,” adding that the Cabinet is expected to approve next week the establishment of a General Secretariat on European Affairs aiming to coordinate government departments on EU matters and to best promote Cyprus’ interests.