Nine Candidates Submit Bid for Presidential Elections
Nicosia, Jan 18 - Nine presidential hopefuls have submitted their candidacy for February's elections.
Incumbent President Tassos Papadopoulos is seeking a second term in office, and his main backer is the Democratic Party (DIKO) which he led for a number of years. Mr. Papadopoulos has also secured the support of the Social Democrats Movement EDEK, the European Party and the Ecologists.
President of the House and General Secretary of AKEL Demetris Christofias is running for president, and this marks the first time AKEL has put forward its own candidate. AKEL, a former coalition partner, announced its decision to challenge the elections with Mr. Christofias in the summer after EDEK had made public its support for Papadopoulos’ re-election bid.
Former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides announced his decision to run in late spring 2007 and is backed by the Democratic Rally party.
Former Agriculture Minister Costas Themistocleous and Euro MP Marios Matsakis have also submitted their bit for presidential elections. In addition, Andreas Efstratiou, Costas Kyriakou, Anastasis Michael and Christodoulos Neofytou have also submitted their candidacies for these elections.
Election Day is February 17 for 515,994 registered voters. It is expected that a second round of elections will take place on Sunday 24, with the two candidates who secure most of the votes on February 17 going through to a final showdown.