The resignation was submitted by the Minister of Justice and Public Order Emily Giolitis, citing repeated publications of the last weeks of her possible replacement, presentation of her as a “weak link” of the government and fireball survey of her associates for possible movements.
In a lengthy letter to the President of the Republic, she “shoots” and expresses surprise, after a report by President Anastasiadis to her, that her presence in the ministerial figure affects the image of the government and his own.
“It is not me, Mr President, who is hurting your image. And of course you do not pay any political costs due to my presence . I came to politics without weights, with clean hands and with declared financial ease so that no shadows of convenience or corruption are left but only of supply.
“I probably suffered a cost, and a heavy burden, by accepting my participation in a government which, as you well know, did not enjoy the best impressions from civil society on issues of corruption and transparency,” the letter reads.
The following is the letter of Mrs. Giolitis to President Anastasiadis:
I hereby wish to submit my resignation to you. The repeated reports of the last weeks of my possible replacement, my presentation as a “weak link” of the government and the shooting of my associates for possible movements make my stay at the Ministry of Justice and Public Order unproductive and very problematic.
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You know that I thought I should address you today by phone and look for the real dimension of the events. To my great surprise, you conveyed to me that my presence in the ministerial figure affects the image of the government but also yours. How do you pay the political cost of my trial in the Council of Ministers due to my relationship with your close family and what was occasionally published on Social Media.
In order to restore the true facts, I am obliged to remind you of the following:
I accepted your proposal to take over the Ministry of Justice and Public Order at an extremely difficult time with the prevailing issues of reducing the pandemic and effective confrontation of corruption.
During my short stay at the Ministry, bills were promoted and approved that for years were in the drawers of the Ministry, including the Bill of Istanbul, of the Criminal Justice Friendly for Child Offenders and the Autonomy of the Fire Brigade. Actions were taken such as the establishment of special ranks within the police for violence and sexual harassment, we pioneered the promotion of the #metoo movement in Cyprus by sending the message that such behaviors will not be tolerated and dozens of cases were forwarded to the Legal Service and the courts, removing the previous practice of “immunity” of priests and politicians.
The guard of politicians was drastically reduced, we stepped in to the Road Safety Plan with numerous actions, an Animal Police was established, our Archive was upgraded, we established the Police House and much more.
The crucial bills for the reform of the judiciary and the fight against corruption were prepared after a painstaking and effective consultation and were submitted to the outgoing Parliament for a vote. In the works is the bill of positive quota but also the bill for the Legal Recognition of Gender. All this while managing the important aspects of reducing the pandemic and migration flows.
Therefore, with all humility but boldness, I submit that it is not me, Mr President, who is hurting your image. And of course you do not pay any political costs due to my presence. I came to politics without weights, with clean hands and with declared financial ease so that no shadows of convenience or corruption are left but only of supply. I have probably incurred a cost, and a heavy burden, in accepting my participation in a government which, as you well know, did not enjoy the best impressions from civil society on issues of corruption and transparency. You know that this cost had a direct impact on my personal health. I leave with a clear conscience that I did my duty.
Dear President, I find it extremely offensive not to recognize my work in these few months of my presence in the Ministry and especially your view that “I am hurting your image”. I inform you that I do not wish to participate in any process of my possible transfer to another post.
I warmly thank my colleagues at the Ministry of Justice, the Chief of Police, the Director of Prisons and the Directorate of our State Archives, and I wish them all the best in their admittedly very difficult work.