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Cyprus. Former Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides won the presidential election

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Former Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides won the second round of the presidential election on Sunday. He won 52 percent of the votes. His rival, Andreas Mavroyiannis, was voted for by 48 percent of voters.

Both Christodoulides and Mavroyiannis ran for election as independent candidates.

Christodoulides, 49, was for many years a member of the centre-right party Disy (Democratic Rally), from which the outgoing president hails Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis. He was expelled from that party when he announced his candidacy for president. In the elections, however, he was supported by nationalist and centre-right parties such as the Democratic Party (Diko), the Movement for Social Democracy (Edek) and the Democratic Alliance (DiPA). In the second round of elections, many members of Disa also voted for the winning candidate, whose leader Averof Neofytou was eliminated in the first round.

Nikos ChristodoulidesPAP/EPA/ALEX MITA

Professional diplomat, 66-year-old Mavroyiannis, in turn, was supported by the communist Progressive Party of Working People (Akel).

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The turnout for the second round of elections was 72.2 percent (405,086 Cypriots), up 0.2 percent from the first round. However, compared to the 2018 election, absenteeism increased by 0.9 percent.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/ALEX MITA

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