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Citizens Alliance accuse former member of forming new party to secure MP seat

Theologou launching the new party on Wednesday (Christos Theodorides)

The Citizens’ Alliance on Thursday accused their former member and MP Anna Theologou of rushing to jump ship to secure her re-election in parliament after the party’s bad result in the presidential election last year, refuting her claims their ideology has changed.

The party issued a statement in protest over Theologou’s claims to state broadcaster CyBC on Thursday morning that she left the party last year after the Citizens’ Alliance allegedly called on their voters to back Nicos Anastasiades and because they changed their positions on all issues.

Theologou was elected MP in 2016 on the Citizens’ Alliance ticket but left the party during the presidential election last year after rejecting the party’s stance. On Wednesday she announced she would now be representing a new group that call themselves ‘The Independents’.

The party said on Thursday that this was an attempt by Theologou to secure her re-election to parliament but that she ought to tell the truth.

On Theologou’s claims that she ran on the ticket of the Citizens Alliance because she was not aware that she could be elected as an independent the party said it was “irresponsible for someone involved in politics to not have read the law.”

The party also reminded Theologou when “she was just an unknown girl” who had approached them asking to promote her as an economist to the media so that she could become well-known.

When this was achieved, she then asked and received the party’s full backing so that she could be elected as an MP for the Famagusta district, the party said.

According to the announcement, three days after the bad results for the Citizens Alliance at the presidential election, Theologou left the party after her proposal was turned down by the Supreme Senate by an overwhelming majority.

“It was obvious that because she feared for her non-reelection as MP, she immediately jumped ship,” the party said, adding that “such practices are characterised neither by courage nor gratitude.”

The Citizens Alliance also said they have not changed their ideologies and positions on any issue and called on Theologou to prove her claims.

Meanwhile, Theologou said that more MPs were expected to join the Independents.



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