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Paphos draws politicians for ‘rest and campaigning’ (PICTURES)

All roads lead to Paphos or so it seemed as the town filled with high profile politicians taking their annual holidays to soak up the rays, swimming and prepare for the up-coming presidential race which is expected to get into full swing once the summer season is over.

Presidential contenders Giorgos Lillikas and Stavros Malas both hailing from Panayia, Paphos attended the memorial events in the community in honour of Cyprus’ first president Archbishop Makarios who was born in Panayia on August 13, 1913, and lent their voices to Greek singers Stelios Dionysiou, Harry Varthakouris and Grigoris Bithikotsis Jnr on stage.

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They were also joined on stage by MEP Marios Mavrides who was also visiting the community.

Another presidential candidate, DIKO president Nicolas Papadopoulos was also in Paphos over the last few days meeting with local party officials especially in the local villages as well as attending meetings held by the party’s women and youth organizations.

He did, however, take time for a leisurely stroll through Kings Avenue Mall in Kato Paphos with Paphos district bigwigs to mingle with potential voters.

AKEL General Secretary Andros Kyprianou who chose the beaches of Akamas for a bit of R and R found himself on a losing streak while playing backgammon against local master Savvas Antoniou in Arodes.

The polls are still out on whether their Paphos sojourn will swing the vote their way next February.

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