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KURDISH refugees who have been camping outside the interior ministry for 15 days were told yesterday that the government cannot offer them subsidiary protection.Three members of the around 150 protesting refugees met with Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos yesterday after starting a hunger strike. He told them to provide him with a list of refugees without a home and those who have applied for work at the labour ministry by tomorrow afternoon and then leave or they will be arrested... 7 comments
THE GOVERNMENT conceded yesterday it was not on the same page with the Central Bank Governor, confirming the growing rift between the two sides.“There is indeed a serious matter at hand...and it needs to be resolved,” Finance Minister Harris Georgiades told newsmen.But, he hastened to add, the two sides are “obliged to come to an understanding.” One point of contention, said Georgiades, has been the Governor’s failure to swiftly appoint a new board to the Bank of Cyprus, an omission which has left the bank “rudderless.”The government wants Bank of Cyprus to move away from its current status of being under administration as quickly as possible, even if that entails appointing an interim leadership, the minister said... 6 comments
THE GOVERNMENT really overplayed the improvements it made to the memorandum of understanding, which was finalised on Tuesday. Putting such a positive spin on minor improvements primarily benefiting the pampered public sector workers is a sure-fire way of the government further undermining its shattered credibility. Was the fact that the reduction in the number of public servants, by 2016, would be 4,500 instead of 5,000, something worth mentioning, let alone presenting as an achievement?... 15 comments
PRESIDENT NICOS Anastasiades yesterday hit out at the previous government and banking authorities in Cyprus and Europe for their handling of the economy and banking system which brought Cyprus to the brink of destruction. Speaking to civil servants at a PASYDY union conference in Nicosia, he said: “Negligence and wrong handling led our country’s economy one step before destruction.”His government was handed over a bankrupt state, he noted, calling on those who were responsible for the economy to exercise a dose of self-criticism. Many decisions taken by the previous government were far from in the public interest, he added... 34 comments