A treasury report has revealed that presidential candidate Andreas Mavroyiannis did not receive two salaries as suggested by rival candidate Achilleas Demetriades.
Citing sources, Demetriades had questioned whether Mavroyiannis had been earning two salaries – one as an ambassador to the UN and one as the chief negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side in the bicommunal talks – and called for clarifications. Mavroyiannis had expressed regret at the remarks and authorised the treasury to release the relevant data on his earnings.
The names of both men had gone before the central committee of Akel as it mulled which of the two to back for presidential candidate. Late on Saturday, a 60 per cent majority gave their backing to Mavroyiannis and the issue has now been referred to the party base which will report back to the party organs for a final decision.
On Friday, the Cyprus News Agency cited the treasury report which was released at Mavroyiannis’ request, saying that there is no question of there having been two salaries. According to the report, his earnings are in line with those of his appointment as an ambassador.
Earlier in the week, Demetriades remained unsatisfied following daily Politis release of cabinet minutes which showed that Mavroyiannis was entitled to the salary of a director general of a ministry, monthly net €6,097. The negotiator instead asked for 90 per cent of that amount, therefore €5,487.
From that amount however, it is understood that Mavroyiannis waived €1,500 in expense allowances. Politis also stated that if his monthly pension as a former ambassador is subtracted then Mavroyiannis received a monthly sum of €1,500 for his role as negotiator.
Commenting on the findings, Demetriades said that articles in the press still did not address the real issue, which is that his 2019 appointment as an ambassador while he still held the negotiator post was a violation of the law stipulating that a state official cannot hold any other position.