Bal­lot boxes

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are pre­pared for trans­fer to polling sta­tions around Cyprus ahead of to­mor­row’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tions on the is­land. The vote has no di­rect ef­fect on Cyprus’s pres­i­den­tial sys­tem of gov­ern­ment but it is ex­pected to shape al­liances for the pres­i­den­tial con­test in 2013 and to act as a barom­e­ter for Pres­i­dent Dim­itris Christofias’s han­dling of re­uni­fi­ca­tion talks. Christofias rules in a coali­tion of his Com­mu­nist AKEL party and the cen­trist Demo­cratic Party (DIKO). Polls give the main op­po­si­tion party, the right-wing Demo­cratic Rally, a mar­ginal lead over AKEL, with DIKO in third.

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