First round of presidential elections is over. Results have put President Nicos Anastasiades and Akel backed independent Stavros Malas in the second round with about a 5 per cent margin difference. The incumbent received 35.51 per cent of votes while the latter garnered 30.24 per cent.
Diko leader and candidate Nicolas Papadopoulos came third with 25.74 per cent, followed by Elam’s leader Christos Christou (5.65 per cent) and Citizens’ Alliance head Giorgos Lillikas (2.18 per cent). Horse trading set to follow.
Statements from candidates and party leaders can be read here
Anastasaides’ remarks leave door open for allegiances across the political spectrum. He advises against going back to failed policies.