Cyprus to Hold a Five-Way Presidential Debate — 3 Comments

  1. The article’s lead shows a bit of bias — not even mentioning that there is a sixth candidate: “The five presidential candidates agreed to participate in a debate set for January 22 which will be broadcast by major TV stations, it emerged on Friday.”

    Skip a paragraph down and we get to the reason why one candidate is left out (emphasis *ADDED*):

    “All five *PARTY-BACKED* candidates will participate; President Nicos Anastasiades backed by ruling Disy, Nicolas Papadopoulos the leader of Diko, who is also backed by socialist Edek, the Greens and the Solidarity Movement, Akel-backed independent candidate Stavros Malas, the head of the Citizens’ Alliance Giorgos Lillikas, and Elam’s leader Christos Christou.

    “The sixth candidate, head of the Laiki bondholders, Phivos Marathovouniotis, who runs as an *INDEPENDENT*, will not be taking part at the debate.”

    I wish the Greens had pushed for full inclusiveness.

  2. It may be that Phivos Marathovouniotis didn’t want to participate. It’s too bad the article didn’t explain that. One of the candidates in the debate is an independent but with the backing of one party.

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