Cyprus: Coalition disbands over candidate dispute

Cyprus' governing coalition dissolved Tuesday, following a decision by the main partner, the left-wing AKEL, to field its leader as a candidate for next year's presidential elections. AKEL proposed on Sunday that Demetris Christofias, 60, stand as the three-party coalition's candidate in the February 2008 elections. President Tassos Papadopoulos and the two other coalition partners - centrist DIKO and socialist EDEK - rejected the proposal. AKEL's decision does not affect the date of the presidential elections. Papadopoulos has not said officially whether he will seek a second five-year term, but is expected to announce his intentions soon.