Independent MP Anna Theologou on Wednesday announced she would be representing a new group that call themselves ‘The Independents’ seeking equal treatment against big interests represented by political parties.
During a press conference Theologou said the group was formed a few months ago by herself and a group of citizens with common visions and concerns for the future of the country.
The group’s name, she said, reflects the fact that its members are “independent from any political, financial and personal interests and with common values on social and economic matters, with red lines in ensuring our survival in this state and with the sole interest of society.”
“As of today, I am no longer an independent MP, I am the MP of the independents,” Theologou said.
She was elected MP in 2016 on the ticket of Citizens’ Alliance but left the party during the presidential elections last year after the party’s call to its members to vote by conscience, which she had said was a mistake.
“Our difference lies in our refusal to join any existing party in order to claim the equal treatment that we should have as independent citizens under the constitution,” she said.
She added the group feels they will not be able to have a voice the way they want to in any party “because party voices, as it has been proven over time, represent oligarchy and big interests.”
Theologou said only when an MP is independent can they truly represent their constituents’ interests.
The group will strive for a more just and prosperous society for everyone, green economy, a solution to the housing problem, transparency in public contracts, quality education, better pay for workers and higher pensions, and the abolition of the unconstitutional provisions introduced in laws in recent years, she said.