Through the budget, the government has admitted that four associates of President Nicos Anastasiades, including his niece, will have to leave at the end of the President’s term.
Specifically, the 2023 budget noted that advisors or associates of the President who got their fixed contracts converted to open-ended ones, thus gaining civil-servant status, will have to leave at the end of the Government’s mandate or at the end of the President’s term, at the latest.
Over the past two years, this reference has been included by the Parliament, placing pressure on the government but this year the government was the one that included it in the budget. President Anastasiades had filed an appeal with the Supreme Court on the issue but lost for procedural reasons.
The President’s four associates had not been public servants but had been employed by the Democratic Rally but were transferred into the government as advisors of the President and were finally turned into indefinite-term employees.
The issue had been raised by Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides with the government accusing him of allowing himself to become an “instrument” for the political opposition. Deputy Irene Charalambidou also raised the issue on behalf of the Parliament and the relevant amendment she submitted had been supported by most of the parties of the opposition.