An answer to how and why the name of the deputy president of DIKO, Christiana Erotokritou, was put as possible for the candidacy of the presidency of the republic in a possible cooperation with AKEL, speaking on the Control Panel show of POLITIS 107.6 and 97.6, the DIKO MP Christos Senekis. Confirming that the name was made exploratory by the president of DIKO Nikolas Papadopoulos during the meeting he had with the secretary general of AKEL Stefanos Stefanou, Mr. Senekis said that this is a last effort to avoid the looming swamp, but also to be transparent to what extent the position of AKEL in relation to the leaderships of the parties that should not be candidates concerns only Nikolas Papadopoulos or others in the leadership of the party. Noting that the issue will be discussed in the Central Committee of DIKO, Mr. Senekis stated that the party is disappointed with the initial rejection by AKEL of the president of their party, whom the DIKO congress proposed as the most suitable for candidate for cooperation, adding that it has seriously damaged the consultation process. Eligibility will be measured
DIKO has set two criteria regarding the person who will be supported as a candidate: Eligibility and eligibility. As for the person of the deputy president of the party, Christiana Erotokritou, the first, that is, the suitability is met as she said. For the second, ie eligibility, if and if AKEL consents, as he said, it should be measured through surveys and measurements of public opinion, but also the basis of DIKO.
Surveys and Plan B
Christos Senekis, indirectly but clearly, also answered the question about Plan B. He specifically said that society sends messages through surveys and polls about what it wants and what it does not want and “we are obliged to take this factor into account.” . Asked if he meant that the positive results of the investigations in the person of former Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis should be taken into account in the decisions of DIKO, he did not answer, but reiterated that “there is also this concern in DIKO that a certain trend prevails and” I want ” which must be counted “. He noted, however, that the effort to enter into cooperation with AKEL should proceed and if it fails, the party should seek other options.
Listen to the excerpt from the intervention of Christos Senekis on the show Control Panel:
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Silikiotis: We were clear from the beginning
For his part, AKEL Politburo member Neoklis Silikiotis, speaking on the same show, stated that he did not understands the frustration caused
within DIKO, since the position of his party in relation to the fact that the candidate should not be a party leader was known from the beginning. In fact, as he said, this position was dominant in the local rallies held by AKEL with the participation of members and friends of the party. Mr. Silikiotis avoided mentioning the possibility of cooperation with the candidate for deputy president of DIKO, saying that the consultations with DIKO are at a sensitive point and the leaks do not help their smooth continuation. Regarding the future of the consultations between Nikolas Papadopoulos and Stefanos Stefanou, he said that the two leaders will probably meet again next week, noting that there should be a time horizon for their completion. However, he said that both in their first official meeting and in other informal ones that preceded, the atmosphere was very positive. Asked if there is a plan B in case of failure of the consultations with DIKO, he stated that if there is no final cooperation, AKEL will support an independent candidate for wide acceptance.
Listen to the excerpt from the intervention of Neoklis Silikiotis in Control Panel show:
ΠΟΛΙΤΗΣ 107.6 · CONTROL PANEL 17 & # 8211; 03 & # 8211; 2022 NEOKLIS SYLIKIOTIS