04 Feb '18, 5pm

#UPDATE Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades scooped more than 54% of the vote, according to exit polls

#UPDATE Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades scooped more than 54% of the vote, according to exit polls

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday won re-election for a second term, seeing off a leftist challenger with vows to restart talks to unify the island and cement an economic recovery. The official final result after a second round run-off put the conservative incumbent on 55.99 percent of the vote in the Greek-majority European Union member, ahead of Communist-backed Stavros Malas on 44 percent. Local media reported Malas phoned Anastasiades to concede defeat, and his inauguration for a final five-year term is set to be held later Sunday evening. Apathy has been on the rise after a lacklustre campaign -- especially among young voters -- and the final official turnout stood at 73 percent. At one polling station in Nicosia early in the day the focus was firmly on reunification efforts and the economy. "I voted for Anastasiades as I think he is the perfect choice to...

Full article: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/cyprus-votes-close-presidential...

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