- Democratic Rally
Leader Nicos Anastasiades Founded 1976 Headquarters Nicosia, Cyprus Ideology Conservatism,
Political position Centre-right International affiliation Centrist Democrat International,
International Democrat Union
European affiliation European People's Party European Parliament Group European People's Party Official colours Blue House of Representatives European Parliament Website disy.org.cy Politics of Cyprus
The party was founded on 4 July 1976 by veteran politician Glafkos Klerides. Clerides served as Cyprus president from 1993 until 2003.
DISY is a member of the European People's Party (EPP). In the 2004 European Parliamentary Election it gained the 28.2% of the vote, and elected 2 MEPs, Ioannis Casoulides and Panayiotis Demetriou, who joined the EPP-ED Group along with former DISY president Yannakis Matsis.
The leaders of Democratic Rally supported the Annan Plan for the re-unification of Cyprus. Following the rejection by the Greek Cypriot Community, four MPs (Sillouris, Prodromou, Erotokritou, Taramoundas) who had opposed the party line were expelled and a number of members willingly resigned. The expelled MPs formed a party called European Democracy. In 2005 European Democracy merged with New Horizons and created European Party. Former party president Yiannakis Matsis headed a splinter coalition For Europe in the European Parliamentary Election. Matsis gained a seat in the European parliament, also joining the EPP group (he is still a member of DISY).
- Reduction of military conscription in Cyprus
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