Cyprus: Gov’t announces names of new Ministers

Cyprus: Gov’t announces names of new Ministers

Today, Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios announced the names of the new members of the Council of Ministers.

Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace, Kyriakos Kousios said that “the President of the Republic, exercising the powers provided to him by the Constitution, has decided to appoint the persons stated below as members of the Council of Ministers.

The current Mayor of Aglantzia, Charalambos Petrides, has been appointed Minister of Defense.

The current Deputy Minister of Shipping, Natasa Pilides, has been appointed Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry.

Lawyer Emily Yiolitis has been appointed Minister of Justice and Public Order.

Vasilis Dimitriades, who serves as the National Expert on Maritime Policy at the General Directorate of Transport and Mobility of the European Commission, has been appointed Deputy Minister of Shipping.

The inauguration ceremony of the new members of the Council of Ministers, as well as the date of taking office, will be announced in the coming days.

The CVs of the new members of the Council of Ministers will be made public”.

Asked to comment on a statement by Attorney General Costas Clerides on the date of his retirement, Mr. Kousios said: “I recall that the Attorney General had decided to serve during his civil service leave, on the grounds that there would be no Assistant Attorney General to replace him when he left. Therefore, he decided to serve his civil service leave for that reason.

I think this issue no longer exists. I must say that if Mr. Clerides wishes to serve his full civil service leave, it is his decision and it will be respected. At the same time, I confirm that, according to the law, Mr. Clerides may retire on July 31, when he reaches the age of 68. Therefore, it is up to Mr. Clerides if he wishes to continue serving while he is on leave and his decision will be respected”.

Asked what political message laid in the new appointments, Mr. Kousios said that “every decision of the President of the Republic includes the political criterion. At the same time, however, it is the constitutional right of the President of the Republic to elect his closest associates, and no doubt the members of the Council of Ministers are the closest associates of the President of the Republic, and the President decides by his own criteria who these close associates will be. Therefore, yes, his constitutional right, a political message and political criteria were combined”. /ibna