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Government says Akel criticism of economy is a ‘joke’

It is a joke for the people of Cyprus that Opposition Akel party are  accusing President Nicos Anastasiades’ administration of creating a bad economy when everybody knows it sank under their watch.

This is what acting government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said in a written statement on Tuesday.

“It is a joke for the people of Cyprus to hear Akel, which led the country into bankruptcy, deficits, a market outcast, deep unemployment and deep crisis with negative development forecasts, accusing the Anastasiades administration (of a failed economy),” Papadopoulos said.

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“Also a joke to the Cyprus people are promises made by the leadership of Akel that if Mr Stavros Malas – the minister of (former Akel-backed President) Demetris Christofias – is elected as President of the Republic he will not include top-ranking members of the party in a bid to calm them down,” he added.

Presidential elections are due in February and President Anastasiades will officially announced his bid for re-election in mid-October while Malas is already one of three official race runners.

Right-wing Disy which backs Anastasiades and left-wing Akel are the island’s two biggest parties.



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