Police chief Stelios Papatheodorou has ‘exposed’ presidential candidates Nikos Christodoulides and Andreas Mavroyiannis over their declined offer to receive police protection until the elections in February.
A police announcement said Papatheodorou had personally informed both of them on the phone over the security proposal which was approved by Cabinet on Tuesday and promptly raised public reaction.
None of the two had objected to the offer which subsequently went before Cabinet for approval, it added.
The protection proposal went before the Cabinet following the recommendation of the police’s risk assessment committee, it also said.
The police chief then contacted the two candidates and informed them of the proposal, to which neither initially objected – leading the matter to Cabinet where it was approved.
The police subsequently informed the candidates of the update but both Christodoulides and Mavroyiannis said shortly afterward that they do not need police escorts right now.
This leaves the door open for police protection to be granted later on if requested.