President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus met advisers to draft a new plan to stave off financial collapse after lawmakers rejected a proposed bank deposit levy.
The government’s alternative plan may include a new version of the deposit tax, according to an official who spoke after a meeting of the Cabinet yesterday and who asked not to be identified in line with government policy. The country’s central bank declared that lenders would remain shut for another two days, effectively barring Cypriots from their accounts until March 26 when they’re due to reopen after a national holiday on March 25.
“We won’t sleep, we will find a solution,” Averoff Neofytou, deputy president of Anastasiades’s Disy party told reporters after meeting the president. “We owe it to future generations.” He said he had no news of talks in Moscow, where Finance Minister Michael Sarris is seeking financing.
The European Central Bank is likely to delay a decision on whether to continue to supply Cypriot banks with emergency funds as it awaits clarity on the nation’s bailout, two people familiar with the deliberations said yesterday.
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