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New House president asks police to reduce his security detail, ‘no need’ for them

Adamos Adamou
House president Adamos Adanou (Photo Christos Theodorides)

House president Adamos Adamou has asked the chief of police to reduce his security detail to about half, arguing there was no particular cause for concern over his personal safety.

In a letter to the chief of police, Adamou requested the number of police officers to be reduced from 15 to eight.

“It is my conviction that as regards myself, there is no need for such a large number of police officers to guard me since there is no particular cause for concern relating to my personal safety, thus burdening the budget with unnecessary expenses,” Adamou said in the letter.

Adamou was voted House president on Friday following the resignation of Demetris Syllouris.

Syllouris, along with Akel MP Christakis Giovanis, resigned amid a public outcry sparked by an undercover video showing them offering assistance to a fictitious Chinese businessman with a criminal record secure citizenship.

The government was forced to terminate the citizenship by investment programme, which had gained notoriety even before the video aired by Al Jazeera earlier this month.

In August, the broadcaster run another report suggesting Cyprus was granting citizenships to dubious individuals through the programme.

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