Critical election for Greek Cypriot administration

Greek Cypriots will cast ballots on Sunday to elect their new leader who will rule for a period of five years.

Critical election for Greek Cypriot administration

World Bulletin/News Desk

Elections for the leadership of the Greek Cypriot administration will take place on Sunday.

A press adviser for the candidate of the Progressive Party of the Working People (AKEL) Stavros Malas, an EU deputy Takis Haciyorgiyu said that the Greek Cypriot administration was going through tough economic times.

Arguing that privatizations and lay-offs would not be beneficial, Haciyorgiyu stressed that the new government had to assure that such developments would not take place.

Independent candidate George Lilikas's press adviser Dimitris Papadakis underlined that they had to give priority to development.

The economic measures taken have left our citizens in a difficult position, Papadakis said.

"We desire a permanent solution"

Meanwhile, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Dervis Eroglu on Saturday said that "as the Turkish side, we desire an agreement in Cyprus which can live, is permanent, and one that comes out by taking into account the realities in the island."

Speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA), President Eroglu stressed that he thought Nikos Anastasiadis was the strongest candidate to run in Sunday's elections for leadership of the Greek Cypriot administration.

I do not think that any candidate can win the Greek Cypriot elections in the first round, President Eroglu underlined.

Touching on the Greek Cypriot administration's various agreements with Israeli and French companies, Eroglu emphasized that such agreements only increased tension in the Mediterranean.

545,180 registered voters will begin voting at 07.00 a.m. at 1,139 ballot boxes. Voting on Sunday will end at 06.00 p.m.

Greek Cypriots living in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will cast ballots at a special ballot box in the Greek Cypriot administration. 11 candidates will compete on Sunday for the Greek Cypriot leadership.

A candidate needs to receive more than 50 percent of the votes to win the election. In case no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes, a second round of elections will take place on February 24 between the two top contenders.

7 candidates out of the total of 11 are independent ones.  Former Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias will not be a candidate in Sunday's elections.

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