Cyprus elections

Submitted by Matthew on 1 March, 2013 - 4:57

Presidential elections were held in Cyprus on 17 February.

In a run-off on 24 February Nicos Anastasiadis of the Democracy Rally Party (DHSY) won with 57.5% of the vote.

The Cyprus elections come amid panic about the collapse of banks and the entire economy of Cyprus — and a long strike by construction workers.

Anastasiadis replaces Demetris Christofias of AKEL (the Communist Party), who is going to go down in history as the “communist president” who brought Cyprus under an EU/ECB/IMF cuts memorandum. He did not seek re-election. Stavros Malas, supported by AKEL, got 42.5% of the vote.

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