EDEK withdraws from government coalition
Nicosia, Feb 9 — EDEK, Cyprus’ Social Democratic Movement, decided to withdraw from the government coalition on February 8. The decision to withdraw from government was taken by the EDEK Central Committee, with 115 votes in favor, eight against and three abstentions.
In his speech in which he announced his party’s withdrawal, EDEK President Yiannakis Omirou talked about his party’s ''total disagreement'' with Cypriot President Demetris Christofias' strategy on the Cyprus problem.
President Christofias expressed regret over the decision by the Social Democratic Movement (EDEK) to withdraw from the government coalition, but said that he was not surprised.
He thanked the two ministers from EDEK ranks, namely Communications and Works Minister Nicos Nicolaides and Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Michalis Polinikis, who had submitted their resignations to him, for their work and their contribution to the implementation of the governmental program. He said that he accepted their resignations but asked them to remain at their posts until he appoints new Ministers to which they agreed.