Anastasiades Holds Big Lead in Presidential Race?

November 12, 2017

NICOSIA – Five years after he reneged on campaign promises and authorized bank account confiscations to save the country’s banks – and bankers – Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades is cruising toward another win in the 2018 elections, a poll by Antenna TV has shown.

The poll was conducted via 1,021 personal interviews with randomly selected subjects by CMRC Cypronetwork between Oct. 19-Nov. 6, the Cyprus Mail reported. It gave Anastasiades, from DISY, with 26.3 percent of the vote to 19.7 for Nikolas Papadopoulos of DIKO with Stavros Malas of AKEL third with 17 percent.

Citizens Alliance candidate Yiorgos Lillikas got 4 percent, far-right ELAM leader Christos Christou 3.6 percent and bondholders’ association leader Fivos Mavrovouniotis 0.9 percent, showing Anastasiades has easily withstood the wrath of people who lost money, as his administration recently said they would get partial compensation.

He hasn’t gone after bank who created the crisis, breaking that vow too.?Some 15.7 percent though said they don’t care and won’t vote for anyone and another 9.6 percent said they would cast a blank ballot, the total of the two categories meaning 25.3 percent are unhappy with the country’s politics and candidates.


NICOSIA - Cyprus became one of the first countries to adopt the EU whistleblowing directive – a month after the deadline – the measure protecting them from retaliation and not required to first report to police or the Attorney-General The Parliament approved the required directive by a vote of 49-1, although whistleblower groups said the bloc didn't go far enough to ensure that people reporting wrongdoing don't face punitive measures, including being fired.

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