Former government spokesman Marios Pelekanos has announced his candidacy for the position of vice-president of Disy.

His candidacy follows the ones by Disy’s MPs, Fotini Tsiridou and Savia Orphanidou for the three positions of vice presidents ahead of party elections in May.

In a Monday morning post on his personal social media account, Pelekanos noted that “with the sole purpose of contributing, with my experience and knowledge, to this collective effort that aims to give new momentum to the party, I put before you my candidacy for the position of vice-president.”

Noting that the election of Anita Demetriou as party leader marks a new page in the history of the party, Pelekanos pointed out the need for unity and responsibility in a bid to continue “the leading course recorded by the Democratic Rally since its foundation, contributing over time to the progress and prosperity of our citizens and our country”.

“Today, more than ever before, we are called upon to defend and strengthen this course of the full contribution of the party to the country, in the midst of a process of renewal,” he added.

He called on his fellow Disy members to vote for him as “a tried and tested choice”.

Meanwhile, Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos, MP Efthymios Diplaros and former MP Michalis Sophocleous have announced that they are running for the position of the party’s deputy leader. Former Minister Yiannis Karousos is also expected to announce his candidacy for the position of the deputy, according to media sources.