Cyprus’ 2008 Presidential election race kicks off
Nicosia, June 13 – Cypriot Member of the European Parliament, Ioannis Kasoulides, kicked off the race for February 2008’s Presidential election by announcing, on Wednesday, his decision to be a runner.
Mr. Kasoulides served as Foreign Minister and Government Spokesman between 1997-2003 during former President Glafcos Clerides’administration.
Backed by the opposition Democratic Rally (Disy) party, he was elected member of the European Parliament during the Euro-elections of June 2004, the first European elections since Cyprus joined the EU in May of 2004.
Even though Mr. Kasoulides and former Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, Costas Themistocleous, who is running as an independent, are the only declared presidential hopefuls, so far, Socialist Edek party announced, last week, they will back incumbent President Tassos Papadopoulos if he decides to run for a second term.
President Papadopoulos said he will announce his decision in July, so as to allow major coalition partner, Akel party, to make public their own plans for the 2008 election. Akel’s leader Dimitris Christofias is also considering running for President.