Pres­i­den­tial race be­gins in Cyprus

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

4 The race for the Cyprus pres­i­dency has be­gun in earnest in an elec­tion that, once again, could hold the key to the is­land’s feud­ing Greek and Turk­ish com­mu­ni­ties fi­nally unit­ing.

Last Fri­day nine can­di­dates, in­clud­ing the in­cum­bent pres­i­dent, Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades, for­mally submitted bids to con­test the race, the first round of which is sched­uled for 28 Jan­uary.

Anas­tasi­ades is widely viewed as the fron­trun­ner, but not tipped to win out­right in the first round, in which case a vote be­tween the top two can­di­dates will be held.

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