Cyprus president urges probe into airline bidding
NICOSIA (AFP) – Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades yesterday called for an investigation into the Cyprus Airways bidding process, saying he will resign if it is found that he influenced the process in any way. The move comes after press allegations accused his ex-law firm of representing bidder Ryanair in the state sale of Cyprus Airways. Leaked documents, published by the Phileleftheros daily, indicated that the government was allegedly pursuing negotiations with Ryanair despite it offering far less than rejected interested parties. Although Anastasiades severed ties with the law firm – which bares his name – when he became presi-
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