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New Cyprus government

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades swore in three new ministers Friday and reassigned another, in a mini-reshuffle triggered by a walkout by his coalition partner over resumed reunification talks with Turkish Cypriots. Following is a list of the new government line-up, which still counts one member of the centre-right DIKO despite the party leadership's break with Anastasiades's conservative DISY: Health minister: Philippos Patsalis (new - independent) Education minister: Costas Kadis (new - independent)

Cyprus reshuffles cabinet after walkout over peace talks

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday announced a mini-reshuffle of his cabinet after a walkout by his coalition partner over resumed reunification talks with the Turkish Cypriots. He brought three new faces into cabinet but retained the services of Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis, who resigned from centre-right DIKO after it walked out of government. The recession-hit island is relying on untapped offshore gas reserves to boost the troubled Greek Cypriot economy. It also hopes to become a regional energy player.

Cyprus to name new cabinet mid-March after coalition walkout

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will unveil a new cabinet line-up in mid-March after a walkout by his coalition partner over resumed reunification talks with the Turkish Cypriots, his spokesman said Friday. All 11 cabinet ministers tendered their resignations on Friday to give the conservative president leeway to carry out a wider reshuffle but he asked them to remain at their posts until at least March 15.

Cyprus to name new cabinet mid-March after coalition walkout

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will unveil a new cabinet line-up in mid-March after a walkout by his coalition partner over resumed reunification talks with the Turkish Cypriots, his spokesman said Friday. All 11 cabinet ministers tendered their resignations on Friday to give the conservative president leeway to carry out a wider reshuffle but he asked them to remain at their posts until at least March 15.

Cyprus coalition splits over peace drive

The junior party in Cyprus's governing coalition pulled out early Thursday over disagreement with President Nicos Anastasiades on his handling of new peace talks with the Turkish Cypriots. In a marathon session that began on Wednesday and ended before dawn, the centre-right DIKO party's leadership decided by 97 votes to 81 to withdraw from the administration. The move means an imminent reshuffle with four DIKO ministers set to resign from the defence, energy, education and health portfolios.

Cyprus peace prospects dim after Davutoglu visit

The prospects of a resumption of Cyprus peace talks dimmed Sunday after Turkey's foreign minister pressed Greek Cypriots to initiate any breakthrough during a visit to the breakaway north. Turkey's Ahmet Davutoglu called on the Greek Cypriots to make "positive" contributions to revive the UN-backed talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus, in remarks on Saturday before meeting Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

Clerides: veteran who tried but failed for Cyprus deal

Veteran Greek Cypriot statesman Glafcos Clerides, who died on Friday aged 94, tried in vain at the climax of a career spanning half a century to reunify his ethnically divided island. "Unfortunately, at 6:20 pm (1620 GMT) our historic leader passed away," Joseph Kasios, the personal physician of the two-time former president and World War II veteran, told reporters. Cyprus leaders paid tribute to Clerides, with house speaker Yiannakis Omirou saying: "Some people write history, he (Glafcos Clerides) was the history of Cyprus, a true statesman."

Cyprus central bank chief fights back

Cypriot central bank governor Panicos Demetriades hit back Friday at President Nicos Anastasiades's moves to sack him, saying criticism of his performance was unjustified and undermined banking sector confidence. Anastasiades, frustrated over delays in approving the new board of the Bank of Cyprus (BoC) and Demetriades's perceived failure to get a handle on saving the economy, wants him axed. But in an interview with the semi-official Cyprus News Agency, Demetriades said he was being treated unfairly.

Cyprus president apologises for munitions blast deaths

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday publicly apologised for the deaths of 13 firemen and soldiers in a munitions blast exactly two years since the island's worst peacetime disaster. "Those who died during conditions of peace, were victims of irresponsibility and indifference of a state which today humbly bows in their memory," Anastasiades said at a memorial service held at the Mari naval base on the south coast where the explosion occurred on July 11, 2011.

Cyprus MPs approve tough EU bailout deal

The Cypriot parliament narrowly approved on Tuesday a controversial EU-IMF bailout deal after the government warned that a rejection would be "catastrophic" for the eastern Mediterranean island's teetering economy. The agreement with the "troika" of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund was endorsed by a vote of 29-27, with no abstentions. It means that the virtually bankrupt government can hope to receive a first tranche of the 10-billion-euro ($13.1 billion) loan in May.
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