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Cyprus broadcaster airs ex-leader's message in New Year blunder

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus's public broadcaster inadvertently broadcast the opening seconds of an old New Year's message from the country's former leader instead of from President Nicos Anastasiades, prompting an embarrassed apology on Thursday. The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) said it had realized its mistake within seconds of the broadcast going out on the afternoon of December 31 and had halted transmission of the address from former president Demetris Christofias.

Cyprus probes 'wrong president' New Year message

Cyprus's state broadcaster apologised on Thursday for transmitting the wrong presidential New Year message on December 31 and said an investigation had begun into what happened. Instead of putting out a message from President Nicos Anastasiades to welcome in 2014, it inadvertently transmitted a radio address by the man he replaced. A CyBC statement said an inquiry was under way after "the grave mistake of inadvertently transmitting for a few seconds a New Year's message by former President of the Republic Mr Demetris Christofias".

Ex-Cyprus president to blame for financial crisis: inquiry

By Michele Kambas NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus's former communist president and his government bear chief blame for the island's financial meltdown in March after they failed to control spending and behaved in an imperious manner, an independent judicial inquiry said on Monday.

Ex-president walks out of Cyprus meltdown probe

Former Cyprus president Demetris Christofias walked out of a public enquiry into the causes of the island's financial crisis Thursday, declining to answer questions before he had his say. Christofias insisted that he be allowed to read a 25-page written statement before having to answer questions from the three-member panel about his part in Cyprus's financial meltdown. He also wanted any questions to be put in writing as he wanted more time to respond.

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 president recalls appointment of deputy Central Bank governor

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday withdrew the appointment of the deputy Central Bank governor, shortly after lawmakers complained that the Central Bank had failed to provide complete data about people who had transferred money out of the eastern Mediterranean island before a haircut on major bank deposits.The haircut on deposits was decided by a Eurogroup meeting on March 16 as part of a 10-billion-euro bailout deal for Cyprus."A letter recalling and terminating the appointment of Mr.

Cyprus protesters stage noisy march against bailout

A noisy crowd of about 1,200 staged a march through Nicosia's streets on Wednesday to protest a eurozone bailout deal which delivers a major hit to big bank depositors and will see thousands left jobless. Led by the opposition communist Akel party, protesters waved Cyprus and communist flags as they punched their fists in the air and chanted angry slogans against the "troika" which demanded the severe restrictions, the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Under-fire leader probes meltdown of Cyprus banks

Faced with mounting public anger on Wednesday over the EU-IMF bailout deal which he struck, President Nicos Anastasiades is launching a criminal probe into how Cyprus banks were brought to their knees. A parliamentary watchdog, meanwhile, has asked the Central Bank for a list of names of people who withdrew money from the island just before a first eurogroup haircut was ordered on March 16, since when banks have remained closed.

Under-fire leader probes meltdown of Cyprus banks

Faced with mounting public anger over the EU-IMF bailout deal which he struck, President Nicos Anastasiades is launching a criminal probe into how Cyprus banks were brought to their knees. His cabinet was to have met on Wednesday to appoint an investigator or commission to determine any criminal, moral or administrative responsibility, or uncover cases of incompetence, for the crisis. But as the authorities struggle to have banks reopen on Thursday after a 12-day closure prompted by fears of a run on deposits, the government said it was postponing the meeting by a day.

Cyprus candidates head for presidential poll runoff

The two presidential hopefuls in Cyprus wind up their campaigns with a televised debate on Friday aiming to convince voters they can secure a vital EU bailout to lift the island out of a crippling economic crisis. A second-round runoff on Sunday being closely watched in European capitals pits rightwing opposition leader Nicos Anastasiades against Stavros Malas, who is backed by the communist party in power during the economic downturn, Akel.
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