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Tatar casts vote in elections in the north

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Tatar casting his vote on Sunday

Turkish Cypriot ‘prime minister’ Ersin Tatar cast his vote on Sunday morning in elections in the north for a new leader.

He is one of 11 candidates in the running, including existing Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. Four candidates are party representatives and seven are independents.

Tatar is running as the candidate of the National Unity Party (UBP).

The polls opened at 8am and will remain open until 6pm. A result is expected to be announced at around 10pm.

If there is no clear winner, the top two candidates will face a runoff next Sunday.

Most polls show that a second round would see a contest between Akinci and either Tatar or center-left Republican Turkish Party (CTP) chairman Tufan Erhürman.

The opening of Varosha beach on Thursday is now thought to be the main issue on which people will vote.

Tatar officially opened a section of the beach with the backing of Ankara, after he and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced the move on Tuesday.

Akinci has spoken out against the move and said he was threatened to withdraw his candidacy.

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