Ruling Disy on Monday said it had still not come to a decision on a candidate for Famagusta mayor after its top pick, a former ambassador pulled out of the race, but the party’s local group have put their weight around municipal councilor Nikos Karoullas.
In a brief announcement, the party said the executive bureau had failed to reach a consensus on a new candidate.
“Consultations will continue in the coming days with the local community, the municipality and the party’s district secretariat,” the party said.
Later in the day however, Disy’s Famagusta district secretariat announced they had accepted the proposal by the party’s municipal council team to back Karoullas as an independent candidate. Karoullas is a Disy municipal councilor at the Famagusta municipality.
“Mr Karoullas has proven, through his timeless action, his commitment to the reunification of our homeland and to the return to our beloved city, Famagusta,” Disy’s Famagusta secreatariat said in an announcement. Disy top brass have yet to comment.
Disy’s original choice, ambassador Pavlos Anastasiades, said he had withdrawn his name as a candidate. Anastasiades’ name had been on a list of potentials put forward by both Akel and Diko.
However, Akel and Diko settled on Simos Ioannou from the same list. Diko had ratified Ioannou last week, and Akel jumped on board after a long meeting that ended on Saturday evening.
Following this decision, Anastasiades, in an announcement said he had withdrawn, though he was honoured that he had been a potential candidate.
He said that unfortunately it was not possible for all three parties to decide on one common candidate and so he would withdraw. Anastasiades said his aim in agreeing had been the prospect of being a unifying force for the good of Famagusta, in the light of his diplomatic knowledge and experience.
Architect Andreas Lordos announced a week ago that he would be running for Famagusta mayor as an independent candidate promising to fight for a return to the town.
Lordos, who also ran in the 2016 municipal elections for Famagusta and came in third, said in an announcement that he was running as an independent for the dignity of Famagusta refugees and those who died. Elections for mayor will be held on August 25.
The town is choosing a mayor following the sudden death recently of Alexis Galanos. Galanos, who also served as president of the House of Representatives, was serving his third term as mayor after being re-elected in 2016.