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Cypriot parliament speaker quits in wake of cash-for-passports controversy

The speaker of Cyprus's parliament resigned on Thursday in the wake of a cash-for-passports scandal Lebanon, news ,lbci ,أخبار speaker, parliament,Cyprus,The speaker of Cyprus's parliament resigned on Thursday in the wake of a cash-for-passports scandal
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Cypriot parliament speaker quits in wake of cash-for-passports controversy
Lebanon News
The speaker of Cyprus's parliament resigned on Thursday in the wake of a cash-for-passports scandal which has embarrassed authorities in the EU member state.

Demetris Syllouris is the second highest-ranking state official of Cyprus, and was deputizing as acting president in the absence of President Nicos Anastasiades.
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Syllouris, 67, was secretly filmed by the Al Jazeera network talking to an undercover reporter posing as a representative of a Chinese businessman with a criminal record. Syllouris is shown promising to facilitate the businessman's passport application.

A lawmaker for 28 years and speaker since 2011, Syllouris has denied any wrongdoing, saying any comments were taken out of context.

"I firmly believe that in no way have I broken the law," Syllouris said in a statement. In the documentary, he is filmed discussing with a fixer - the undercover reporter - ways and workarounds for the supposed Chinese investor to acquire a passport. The imaginary investor had a criminal record, which in itself should have disqualified an applicant.

The documentary was aired on Oct. 12, triggering public outrage and forcing authorities to suspend a lucrative citizenship for investment program.


REUTERS
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