Just seven days prior to elections for the Cypriot House of Representatives, President Makarios carried through a major cabinet reshuffle this week -- and promptly sparked off a new political row between the Greek and Turkish factions on the island.
MV INT Makarios watches as Petrides signs as Eduction Minister
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SV Mavrommatis signs as Labour Minister
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GV Crowd cheering Mr Odysseas Joannides (Progressive Party)
SV Crowd (Cabinet President)
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Background: Just seven days prior to elections for the Cypriot House of Representatives, President Makarios carried through a major cabinet reshuffle this week -- and promptly sparked off a new political row between the Greek and Turkish factions on the island.
As the new ministers were sworn in at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, Turkish Cypriot leaders attacked the new appointments, which bring six new Greek Cypriot members into the Cabinet.
Members of the Turkish community have played no part in the government since inter-communal fighting started over six years ago. But they claim that the latest appointments, including the Agriculture Minister -- nominally allocated to the Turkish Cypriots -- amounted to a further attempt to deprive the Turkish community of its constitutional rights.
Meanwhile, talks between the two Cypriot communities seeking a peaceful solution to their problem, have been suspended until each side elects its deputies in the House of Representatives on July 5.
Under the Cypriot constitution, the President usually selects new ministers from outside the House of Representatives. In this week's reshuffle, only three ministers retained their posts.
Barristers Georghios Ionnides and Andreas Mavrommatis were appointed new Ministers of Justice and of Labour. The new Education Minister is the Chairman of Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, Frixos Petrides. Accountant Andreas Loizides takes over as Commerce Minister, architect Panayiotis Toumazis is responsible for Agriculture, and civil engineer Nicos Roussos is appointed to the Communications and Works Ministry.