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DIKO Exec. Committee Votes For Coalition

President Demetris Christofias' reputation as a deal-maker gained new ground with today's decision by centre-right party DIKO's executive committee to stay in the ruling coalition.

The decision was passed by 18 votes for and eight against after a 10-hour meeting. On Tuesday, the party's central committee will meet for another vote, according to Antenna News.

DIKO looked set to follow socialist party EDEK's lead and leave the coalition, provided that Tuesday's decision backs today's executive committee move.

There are two jobs opening up which belonged to former coalition partner EDEK - those of minister of communications and works, and minister of agriculture. So far, no names have been put forward as their replacements and Christofias asked the incumbent minister to stay in their places until next week.

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