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DIKO Will Not Support Christofias' Candidacy - Papadopoulos

DIKO will not support incumbent President Demetris Christofias if he decides to run for a second term in 2013, said DIKO MP Nikolas Papadopoulos in comments to state television.

"We consider that his term has been a failure, and we will not support him," said Papadopoulos.

DIKO left the coalition with AKEL last year after the explosion at Evangelos Florakis naval base, citing differences with the president over the Cyprus problem and the economy.

Papadopoulos' comments followed a press conference held by Christofias in which he criticised the National Council and said he had taken too many 'slaps' from the opposition. The president's decision to publicise his differences with the National Council was a mistake and he never expected to see this from a President of the Republic, said Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos called on the president to publicise the transcripts of the latest meeting of the National Council.

"We never 'cancelled' the President's role, he is cancelling himself," said Papadopoulos, adding that reunification negotiations are not the sole responsibility of the president.

"Is it respectful for the president to do everything on his own without consulting with other political bodies?" said Papadopoulos.

So far, DIKO, EDEK and EVROKO have not announced which candidate they will back for presidential elections, and DISY has put forward Nikos Anastassiades as their candidate. AKEL said it will decide in June.

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