Coalition partner leaves government
The junior partner in the coalition government, the Democratic Party (DIKO) has left the government coalition saying that all room for further cooperation has been exhausted.
DIKO has been in coalition with the senior partner Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL), previously the Communist Party, since 2008.
There have been continuous disagreement over the peace talks and reunification of the island. This will leave the AKEL in a minority in the parliament and make it much harder for President Dimitris Christofias to pass important economic legislation as well as continue reunification talks. Cyprus is considered to be close to requiring an EU bailout.