Greek Cypriot coalition party leaves government

The South Cyprus coalition party DIKO headed by newly elected leader Nicolas Papadopoulos (above), voted to abandon its alliance with the ruling DISY party just after midnight Friday. It said that it disagreed with the contents of the recently signed joint statement and accused President Anastasiades of violating his pre-election pledges that had helped secure the DIKO’s support.

The decision calls for the resignation of DIKO’s four ministers and three heads of semi-governmental organisations by 4th March, but the party pledges to maintain a “responsible stance within and outside of Parliament.”

The decision will be brought before the party’s Central Committee on Wednesday for final approval.

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