Dr. Fazil Kutchuk, Turkish Cypriot leader, became Vice-President of the Cyprus Republic without any opposition.?
Dr. Fazil Kutchuk, Turkish Cypriot leader, became Vice-President of the Cyprus Republic without any opposition. Thousands of Turkish Cypriots in Ataturk Square, Dec 3, saw him proclaimed as Vice-President and saw Governor Sir Hugh Foot congratulate him.
Archbishop Makarios will be opposed in the Dec 13 elections for the Presidency. His opponent is John Clerides, Q.C., head of the newly-formed Democratic Union, who has support from Communist AKEL party, which until recently was banned.
The ban on AKEL was lifted by the Governor when he announced the end of the Cyprus Emergency, Dec 1. The state of emergency was declared Nov. 26, 1955. The following month AKEL was banned. But for the last nine months it has managed to hold meetings, distribute leaflets and issue policy statements.
John Clerides and the AKEL party leaders oppose Makarios because he is alleged to have concluded the London Agreement - which brought a settlement to troubled Cyprus - without consultation with the Cypriot people.
The new Republic comes into being Feb. 19 next year. In his announcement ending the emergency, Governor Foot said, "Now we enter the last lap. Now we can leave the past behind and concentrate our efforts on the constructive task of establishing the new republic next year."