DIKO

AcronymDefinition
DIKODemocratic Party (Cyprus)
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Speaking on state broadcaster Cybc, Garoyian, who was expelled by Diko last month along with other senior members who did not support party leader Nicolas Papadopoulos in the presidential elections, said the creation of a new party would depend on the outcome of his consultations with thousands of people who feel they have no political roof.
Papadopoulos then asked all his party's ministers and others appointed to public boards to leave their posts, which upset a lot of DIKO officials, causing a rift within the already fragile party.
Chryso Argyrou, Evangelia Paraskeva and Michalakis Andreou announced their resignations echoing each other, saying the current leadership had taken Diko far from the values it had been originally founded on.
On his part, Nicolas Papadopoulos, son of the late president Tassos Papadopoulos who led the 'No' campaign in the 2004 referendum to reunite the island as a federal, bizonal, bicommunal state, justified DIKO's pullout from the ruling coalition, as he said President Anastasiades "has cancelled his pre-election commitment to DIKO and this should be accepted by all.
Having failed to make it to the runoff, Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos subsequently blamed defectors and people who engaged in so-called strategic voting -- voting for Stavros Malas in the first round to ensure Papadopoulos didn't make it through.
Diko ministers hold the key cabinet portfolios of Energy, Defence, Health and Education, with all four expressing their resentment in being ordered to resign, hardly a year in office, when they have started to see the first results of their work in helping the economy to recover.
There was a special mention of former MP Athina Kyriakidou, who had not been considered a Diko member for a long time 'due to her enduring anti-party behaviour and actions during the election campaign'.
DIKO currently has four key ministers in cabinet who carry the portfolios of energy, health, defence and education.
On Monday, Diko ejected 12 members, including former chairman Marios Garoyian, and former MP and MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou.
Nicolas Papadopoulos, who almost split the party last year when he supported Yiorgos Lillikas, a staunch opponent of the current peace process, has already been rebuffed by three Diko cabinet members, Kyriakos Kenevezos (education), Yiorgos Lakkotrypis (energy) and Photos Photiou (defence), who said it was too early to consider abandoning the coalition.
In a way, he was true to the long Diko tradition of always blaming others for its own failings and mistakes.
9% of the votes supported by Edek, a splinter group from Diko and part of the nationalist European Party, Evroko.