Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II welcomed the entrance of the extreme-right National Popular Front (ELAM) in the Cypriot Parliament, in an interview with a Cypriot TV station.
When the journalist asked the Archbishop if he expected the entering of the extreme-right party in the Parliament, he replied that he didn’t believe ELAM would be able to enter the Parliament.
“But I can say that I was satisfied…Other voices will be heard now. Many times you need extremists so the others are more careful,” the church leader of Cyprus said.
ELAM is considered the affiliate party of the Greek Golden Dawn in Cyprus and it describes its political ideology as “popular and social nationalism” promoting Greek nationalism.
The Archbishop continued and said that if ELAM’s policies are made for the good of the people and for the good of the country “then I believe we will do well” he added.
According to Cyprus Mail, when the journalist told the Archbishop that his comments will cause tension he said: “Listen. We have a democracy. This is the decision of the people. Why do others accept the decision of the public to elect the other parties but this somehow isn’t a decision by the people to vote for them? We should learn to respect the opinion of the people,” he said.
After the Cyprus elections and the entrance of ELMA in the parliament, political analyst, Huber Faustmann told Reuters that the Cypriot extreme right party “It’s sort of a kindergarten version of Golden Dawn.”