Cyprus probes 'wrong president' New Year message

Cyprus probes 'wrong president' New Year message
The message by President Nicos Anastasiades (above) was replaced by New Year's message of former President of the Republic Mr Demetris Christofias.

NICOSIA - Cyprus's state broadcaster apologised on Thursday for transmitting the wrong presidential New Year message on December 31 and said an investigation had begun into what happened.

Instead of putting out a message from President Nicos Anastasiades to welcome in 2014, it inadvertently transmitted a radio address by the man he replaced.

A CyBC statement said an inquiry was under way after "the grave mistake of inadvertently transmitting for a few seconds a New Year's message by former President of the Republic Mr Demetris Christofias".

It said management expected a prompt outcome of the internal investigation.

Anastasiades came to power in February 2013 after Christofias decided not to stand for re-election.

His decision followed criticism of his handling of the crisis-hit economy which led to Cyprus needing an 10-billion-euro international bailout in March.

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