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Elections create increased responsibility says Anastasiades

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The day after the elections must be characterised by a sense of increased responsibility towards our country, President Nicos Anastasiades said after the parliamentary elections during which Disy held its lead despite a reduction in votes.

“The people gave their verdict, the result is absolutely respected but it also determines the responsibility of those that received their trust,” Anastasiades said after the results were announced late on Sunday when he congratulated those elected as well as the candidates.

All parties saw a drop in their votes compared with the previous elections apart from Elam and Edek. It was the first House elections for Dipa.

The house president is expected to be elected once the new parliament convenes for the first time on June 10.

Anastasiades said he will invite the party leaders in the house of representatives “to find the road map for our homeland’s future in a climate of consensus and understanding.

“We do not have the luxury of time. We must act immediately for the welfare and prosperity of the people of Cyprus. To meet the needs and expectations of every citizen, irrespective of what he or she has voted for, or has chosen,” the president said.

The pre-election process is characterised by “promotion of the positions [of the parties] or a critique within or beyond limits”, while the day after the elections, “should be characterised by a sense of intense responsibility towards our homeland,” he added.

Anastasiades called on political parties “to respond to the mandate of the people far from any pre-election agendas”.

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