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Anastasiades: I Will Not Hesitate To Assume Political Responsibilities

Anastasiades: I Will Not Hesitate To Assume Political Responsibilities

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the government will carefully read the Inquiry Committee`s report on the Cyprus Investment Programme, adding that he will not hesitate to assume any responsibilities that fall to the current administration.

He also warned that anyone who took advantage of the programme`s loopholes, shortcomings and weaknesses should "not rest easy."

Anastasiades was replying to journalists’ questions, on Tuesday, as he was leaving from the Presidential Palace following a presentation of the 4th Pillar of the Recovery and Resilience Plan.

"We will study the report with particular attention," he said, adding that "on the basis of the interim report, the Auditor General`s findings and the political parties findings, the report was thorough, documented and well structured."

"There is no doubt that there were loopholes, there were weaknesses, illegal acts took place, that there are disciplinary, criminal and other responsibilities, as well as political ones," he said.

According to President Anastasiades, "it was unfortunately a weakness of the governments over time to pay attention to the loopholes, the shortcomings, the weaknesses which dubious individuals took advantage of and who should not rest easy."

Referring to the possibility of a government reshuffle, he said that he believes it is his duty to contact parliamentary party leaders to see if there is a likelihood of having a more widely accepted government which would aim, "not to share power and positions but rather to see how we can find convergences so that through the Recovery and Resilience Plan we may achieve the goals for the Cyprus of tomorrow, the next generation."

Asked about the possibility of new entries in the government, he replied that when and if he decides something it will be announced.

The Inquiry Committee`s final report was handed over to the Attorney General on Monday.


Source: CNA


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