Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos officially announced that he will seek a second five-year term in next February's elections.
In a televised speech, the incumbent president said he is running for reelection in order to continue striving for a settlement of the Cyprus problem.
According to an recent opinion poll by local paper Phileleftheros, Papadopoulos is neck and neck with his two main competitors, left-wing AKEL's Demetris Christofias and opposition DISY's Ioannis Kasoulides.
Akel has decided to put forward its own chief Christofias as candidate for the presidential elections and withdrew from the three-party coalition which supported Papadopoulos in the 2003 elections.
Christofias, also the parliament speaker, has been at odds with President Papadopoulos on how to resolve the Cyprus issue. He has indicated that the Greek Cypriot side should follow a more "flexible policy" and show their "political will for a solution of the problem."
Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Temmuz 2007, 16:28