Former Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela announced on Friday he intended to stand on the Disy ticket to be an MEP.

He made the announcement as Disy members were able to register interest in being included on the ticket on Friday morning.

“Cyprus can and should have a strong voice in the European Union. My experience at the health ministry has taught me that with vision and hard work we can succeed,” Hadjipantela said speaking to AlphaNews.

Potential candidates could express interest until lunchtime on Friday, after which the six candidates will be selected.

Other interested parties include current MEPs Loucas Fourlas and Eleni Stavrou. Additionally, vice-president Marios Pelekanos, former Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides, MP Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis, the vice-president of the European Youth Forum Christiana Xenofontos, academic economist Onisoforos Iordanous and businessman Christos Angelidis are also reported to be interested.

The election will be held on June 9.