AKEL-backed presidential candidate Stavros Malas officially announced his candidacy for next year’s presidential elections on Saturday morning.
The announcement was made to a packed hall at the Union of Cyprus Journalists headquarters in Nicosia and attended by AKEL General Secretary Andros Kyprianou, former president Demetris Christofias and a host of other AKEL officials and supporters.
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“For the past five years we have had a president who was consistent only with regards to his unreliability,” said Malas, setting the mood for the pre-election campaign to follow.
“Cyprus needs a new reliable president with a new way of governance and a richer development model,” said Malas.
Malas also noted that Cyprus needs a progressive government which supports the week and does not serve the interest of the “few and the privileged” adding that he could look the people in the eye and talk to them without lying while announcing his support for the working class.
Voicing his support for a settlement of the Cyprus problem based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation, Malas said that there was no room for experimentation as far as the Cyprus problem was concerned.
“Our aim is to unite our country within the framework of a bizonal, bi-communal federation,” he said while acknowledging that Turkish intransigence is the main reason for the lack of a solution.
“I invite you to close the door on the past and to help us to bring hope to all the citizens of our country again,” he said adding that if elected, his cabinet would be made up of people with “ethics, dignity, credibility and proven abilities”.
“I listen to the concerns of society and declare my desire to be the president of all Cypriots,” concluded Malas.