Northern Cypriots vote for new president to oversee peace talks

By REUTERS
April 19, 2015 08:24

 
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Voters in breakaway northern Cyprus elected a president on Sunday whose main task will be to represent them in reunification talks that are expected to resume on the ethnically divided island next month.

Opinion polls put conservative incumbent Dervis Eroglu in the lead ahead of the six other candidates but he is not expected to win enough votes in the first round, paving the way for a runoff with his nearest rival on April 26.

Only Turkey recognises the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The international community views the Greek Cypriot government in Nicosia as the legitimate government of the whole island.

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