Diko announced late on Tuesday night that talks with Akel over the potential collaboration for the 2023 presidential election have not had the desired result, adding that it will now consult with other parties.

The two parties had been discussing whether there was enough common ground between them, and whether they could agree on fielding a common candidate, but the Diko announcement essentially signalled the failure to do so.

The announcement stated that it is with regret that talks with Akel had not ended in the desired outcome. It added that Diko will consult after Easter with other parties and independent candidates to chart its course forward.