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Voting in ‘presidential’ election run-off in breakaway north Cyprus in process

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.

 

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