Cyprus Foreign Minister Quits, Mulling Run for Presidency

Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has resigned the post and suggested he might be gearing up to run for President in 2023 which could likely be another crucial year politically with Turkey drilling offshore.

“My resignation is the result of a series of events and statements, public and otherwise, that have recently unfolded and have seriously impacted the important role of the government,” he said without any clarification of what he meant.

He said, that, “My ooal has always been to implement policies free of untamed beasts and without the prevalence of those who bare their teeth needlessly,” suggesting discord in the government of President Nicos Anastasiades.

Curiously, he said while he’s interested in jumping into the Presidential race that he wouldn’t try to become the head of the ruling Democratic Rally political party, following Anastasiades’ footsteps, said Kathimerini.

“I can honestly state that I would be interested in the Presidential elections of 2023, especially if my nomination can lead to broader co-operations,” he said.

“Cypriot society has no need of sharks, but a good captain that can unite broad political forces and build strong foundations for co-operations, both domestically and internationally,” again not indicating what he really meant.

Ioannis Kasoulides, Christodoulides’ predecessor as Foreign Minister, will also succeed him at the post in what would be his third time in the job where he served from 1997-2003 and then from 2013-2018.


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