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Maverick candidacy adds uncertainty to Cyprus election

Maverick candidacy adds uncertainty to Cyprus election

Maverick Greek Cypriot politician Marios Matsakis announced his candidacy for president Friday, adding uncertainty to the outcome of the Feb. 14 election.
Matsakis, a 53-year-old member of the European Parliament, will run against President Tassos Papadopoulos, a former political ally, and two other candidates.
In 2005, Matstakis was expelled from the center-right Diko party over charges of illegally hoarding antiquities that were eventually dropped.
Polls show Papadopoulos has a slim lead over Demetris Christofias of the communist Akel party, with the two men likely to go to a run-off. Support for former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has slipped in recent surveys.
Matsakis has long campaigned against the presence of two British military bases in Cyprus, retained by Britain after its former colony gained independence in 1960.
In April, British military authorities arrested Matsakis after he failed to make a bail payment related to a 2005 arrest for allegedly spray painting anti-British slogans on base property.
He was released after going on a hunger strike.


Updated : 2021-05-18 05:57 GMT+08:00