In Cyprus, a year after coming to power, the ruling coalition fell apart. On the night of February 27 central committee of the Democratic Party (DIKO) voted to withdraw from the coalition and the resignation of four of its ministers from the cabinet, consisting of 11 people.
As the official representative of the party Christian Erotokritou, ministers must immediately file the appropriate application. The government abandoned the defense ministers of Fotis Fotiu, Minister of Energy, Industry, Trade and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotripis, Health Minister Petros Petrides and Education and Culture Minister Kyriakos Kenevezos.
The disintegration of the coalition and the government crisis was the result of the disagreement of the leadership of DIKO, the junior partner in the coalition, thanks to which the leader of the right-wing Democratic Democrat (DISI) party, Nikos Anastasiadis, won a year ago in the presidential elections - with the terms for resuming negotiations on the Cyprus settlement. 11 February there was an official meeting between Anastasiadis and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, which opened the dialogue that was stopped in the spring of 2012 due to the protests of the Turkish side against the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU presidency on a rotational basis.
The beginning of the negotiation process was made possible thanks to the joint statement signed by the leaders of the divided communities, which fixed the basic principles of reunification of the country on the basis of a bi-communal, bizonal federation. However, the leader of DIKO, Nicholas Papadopoulos and his supporters, spoke out against this document, saying that it was in fact a betrayal of the interests of the Greek Cypriots and a violation of the coalition agreement. According to the majority of the Democratic Party, thanks to a joint statement, the Turkish Cypriots achieved almost all of their goals, even without negotiating. First and foremost, we are talking about the possibility of gaining their sovereignty, which is a step towards the implementation of plans to create an independent state in the north of Cyprus.
Cyprus is divided along ethnic lines with 1974 year, it happened after the armed invasion of Turkey instigated coup supporters of annexation of the island to Greece. In the occupied territory of Cyprus 37% in 1983 was proclaimed not recognized by the international community "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus".
All four ministers would not want to leave the government. They participated in the vote of the party's executive committee at the end of last week and spoke in favor of preserving the coalition. Its disintegration and the release of representatives of DIKO from the office will not do much harm to the administration of Anastasiadis. Cyprus is a presidential republic, in which the head of state is also the head of government. In this regard, all the issues of forming the Cabinet are its prerogative. Moreover, local analysts believe that the decision of the junior partner in the coalition to leave her will be "a gift" to Anastasiadis on the occasion of the first anniversary of his stay in power. This will allow him to get rid of the need to listen to the DIKO, which is considered the main supporter of maintaining the status quo on the island, and to continue negotiating the settlement without hindrance.
However, the collapse of the coalition could complicate the ruling party holding Dicey through parliament legislation necessary for implementing the provisions of the stabilization program agreed with the "troika" of international lenders. Management's decision DICKO just had a period when MPs are discussing a bill on privatization, the approval of which is one of the most important conditions for the allocation of the next tranche of aid in the amount of € 10 billion.