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It is one of the rare cases that the low flights of a government drag along with them almost all the political forces, thus creating a particularly complicated political landscape. To the weaknesses of the Christodoulidis government, a series of weaknesses of the parties are added, creating a strange political puzzle unprecedented for the Cypriot situation.

The disappointment caused by Nikos Christodoulidis just 24 hours after his election to the Presidency of the Republic continues to overshadow every move and decision made by his government for a year. Starting from the selections from Lofos to the positions of commissioners, Nikos Christodoulidis had managed to tarnish his image on his own, and despite the communication counterattacks he has made since then, he has not managed to change the data against him to this day.

The political parties found themselves, as a whole, in an unprecedented situation in the modern political history of Cyprus. The absence of both “great powers” from the governance of the country created a new state of affairs, as it is the first time that they have been in such a position, without visible lines of confrontation. On the other hand, the parties of the so-called intermediate space suddenly found themselves on the winner's podium by themselves without someone powerful next to them. On the other hand, despite what has been said and written from time to time, the three parties that are placed in the area of ​​co-government do not feel that they are co-governing!

On the other hand, the two major parties – DISY and AKEL – that found themselves in the opposition for the first time, are also in a situation that does not allow them to exercise their oppositional role in the traditional way. The inability of both to mount a traditional type of opposition seems – at present – ​​to create more problems for the traditional right than for the left. And this is largely due to the fact that the Christodoulidis government is considered a branch of what is called the Cypriot right, as it is mainly represented by the Democratic Alarm.

One year after the 2023 elections, which will be a point of reference for eternity, the Cypriot political parties are on quicksand in which they sometimes sink and sometimes seem to walk comfortably on the surface. On this shifting political sand they are moving towards an electoral process which is expected to be the second point of reference and create a new political map in Cyprus.

New order, or disorder, in DISY

The Democratic Alarm found itself in the worst position since its foundation. Neither his rigged exclusion from the Parliament, in 1976, nor events like those of 2003 and 2004 caused the Cypriot right-wing party a situation similar to the one it is experiencing today. And for which questions arise from various sides not about when but whether it will be able to recover from the situation it has been in for a year.

Going back to the pre-2023 period it is evident that the loudest attacks against Nikos Christodoulidis came from Pindarou. He was perhaps the only minister of the Anastasiades government (which was also characterized as a DISY government) who did not have relations or direct contact with the party and it is not certain whether during his ministerial term he crossed the threshold of the offices in Pindarou. But also during the pre-election campaign, the most organized attacks of questioning Nikos Christodoulidis had as their starting point the Democratic Alert. Attacks that often did not move within the traditional framework of political confrontation.

Despite all this, the continuous reports (during the pre-election) by Nikos Christodoulidis himself that he belongs to DISY, as well as the placement in the government of people who come from the ranks of the Anti-Semitism, created a new strange state of affairs . The DISY from being the loser of the 2023 elections found itself carrying burdens coming from the man it fought more than anything and to which it lost (according to some twice) over a year. A strange situation has been created where DISY is – due to the election result – the opposition, but is not considered to be an opposition!

The situation in which DISY found itself in 2023 is not far from what Pindarou experienced two decades earlier and in the period 2003-2004 (defeat in the presidential elections and defeat of the then leadership in the referendum on the Annan plan). However, in the second case, Nikos Anastasiadis stayed and fought so that his party could recover, unlike the first case where Averof Neophytou left Pindarou in a disorderly manner.

The party was handed over to a new, largely inexperienced leadership, which showed early on that it could not find a compass. And this was not unrelated to the behavior of a part of the new leadership group that took over the fate of DISY. While the president of the party, Annita Dimitriou, declared that the party belonged to the opposition, members of the leadership went up and down the Hill, sending the opposite message.

At the same time, the area around Pindarou is used as a field for resolving past disputes, causing an introversion from which the president of the party is trying to get out, without so far achieving it to the extent she would like.

Comfort but without any reaction

A year after its own defeat in the presidential elections (which of course was overshadowed by the avalanche that hit DISY) AKEL seems to be in one of the best phases of its life for over a decade. The events as they have developed in the last one year offer an unprecedented ease of movement to AKEL and it was something that was seen in the last months with the decisions for the upcoming municipal elections.

The current leadership of the party not only managed to come out unscathed from the 2023 elections, but also afterwards the political scene as it has been shaped has been unimaginably favorable to them. It is considered the main opposition force, as there is no direct or indirect relationship with the Christodoulidis government. Something that was strengthened by the presidential manipulations during the selection of the councils of the semi-states.

To this positive climate came to be added the indirect cooperation and alliance with parties of the coalition government, something that further strengthens his political profile for the continue. 

Although AKEL is currently in a better position than all the others, this does not seem to be reflected in the measurements so far, which show it moving up and down at the same levels as DISY, which is going through a crisis. The calm that currently exists in Hezekiah Papaioannou can easily, over time, turn into tension if there is not the corresponding positive response at the ballot box.

Partners who are not

The leaderships of the Democratic Party, the Democratic Faction and EDEK made sure in time to line up behind the popularity of Nikos Christodoulidis and on the evening of February 12, 2023 they managed to stand next to the winner's podium. It was obvious from that night that the winner of the election wanted them out of his own cadre. A little over 24 hours later, things will get even more complicated with the formation of the first Council of Ministers of Nikos Christodoulidis.

The indecisiveness and reluctance of the elected President to form a government put three party leaders in his game who played their own game based on their own data. The result of causing the first stain on the profile of a politician who until then diligently tried to remain unblemished. The uproar that followed the formation of the first cabinet resulted in the new PtD wanting to keep the “co-rulers” as far away as possible, as he considered that they were causing him harm.

As a result, there is an unprecedented lack of communication between the two sides and the parliamentarians of the otherwise co-governing parties are in the first months facing surprises with the legislation sent by the government, not knowing exactly what the government's position is, and in finally to appear with different positions and opinions.

The moves that were made and are being made since then for a better communication between Lofo and the three parties do not seem to be able to fix things. They feel that N. Christodoulidis keeps them constantly at a distance, does not trust them and is not willing to share thoughts with them. They claim to be constantly surprised and informed about the decisions made by the media. And they are unhappy that while on the one hand they are uninvolved in the decisions, they are asked afterwards to put their backs, to support and in the end paying a serious political cost that drags them down into dangerous situations.

The evolution of the game is convenient for him

ELAM chose both pre-election and post-election to stay out of the picture, which seems to offer it significant benefits. At the moment it is considered by all as the third political power in the country. Something that of course cannot be confirmed in practice as we are still two years away from the next parliamentary elections.

It is however clear that ELAM manages to take full advantage of the mistakes and omissions of all the others. The distaste of a part of the citizens towards the two major parties, but also the discomfort towards the three in the middle space (which are considered to be Christodoulides' coalition) act as reinforcements for ELAM, which not a few consider, at the moment, to be the rival in awe of the establishment.

Some new, as well as older, formations failed to convince of their anti-systemicity to the extent that ELAM is convincing.

Source: www.philenews.com

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