Voting in the ‘presidential’ election run-off in breakaway northern Cyprus which began early on Sunday with moderate Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci facing off Ankara-backed National Unity Party candidate Ersin Tatar is proceeding smoothly.
The outcome of Sunday’s vote could determine the future of Cyprus – divided since a 1974 invasion by Turkey which still maintains troops in the north.
In line with UN initiatives, Akinci supports a unified Cyprus under a federalist system while Tatar supports a two-state solution, in line with Turkey.
In the first round of voting, Tatar earned 32.35% of the vote to Akinci’s 29.84%.
Polls opened at 8am and will close at 6pm with final results expected to be announced around 8:30 in the evening.