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Cyprus Corruption Scandal Continues

November 22, 1998

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ The Cypriot president said Saturday he would not accept the resignation of a high-level government minister who has been dogged by allegations of corruption and improper enrichment.

President Glafcos Clerides announced his decision in a statement issued after a Cabinet meeting called to discuss an attorney general’s report into accusations against Interior Minister Dinos Michaelides.

The statement said the attorney general had found 11 corruption charges against Michaelides to be baseless. But the Cabinet accepted a recommendation to investigate two allegations.

``This is one of the saddest days for democracy in Cyprus,″ said Christos Pourgourides, chairman of Parliament’s Watchdog Committee.

``It is unheard of for a minister to remain in office when the attorney general undertakes a criminal investigation involving him.″

The minister repeatedly has denied the allegations.

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