Cyprus: Papadopoulos casts his ballot in presidential election

Greek Cypriots arrived at polling stations to choose their next president, in Nicosia on Sunday. Polling stations opened at 07:00 local time (05:00 GMT) and will close at 18:00 (16:00 GMT) in the first round of presidential elections. Opinion polls show incumbent Nicos Anastasiades is leading his two main rivals Stavros Malas, backed by the communist AKEL party, and Nikolas Papadopoulos... Еще, leader of the centre-right DIKO party. Candidates require an outright majority to declare victory in the first round, otherwise the election will go to a run-off slated for February. After casting his ballot, Papadoulous told reporters he hoped citizens would choose “a new strategy, for the restoration of the middle class and for the development of the real economy.” Two main issues dominate this year’s election, the so-called Cyprus problem, which has divided the island into Greek and Turkish parts, and the recovery from the 2016 banking crisis.

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