Greeks voted for their new leader
In the Greek Cypriot administration, the people went to the polls yesterday to determine their new leader. The hawkish former Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis is considered the favourite.
Greek Cypriots went to the polls yesterday to elect their new president for 5 years. Former Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis, who received 32 percent of the votes in the 2-round elections, and Andreas Mavroyannis, the candidate of the left, who came in second place with 29 percent, will compete again next week.
Averof Neofitu, the candidate of the country’s largest party DISI, was eliminated in the first round with 26 percent of the vote. In the Greek administration, which has 561 thousand voters, the participation rate in the elections was 72 percent. 730 Turkish Cypriots registered in the Greek electoral registers also voted in the elections. The fact that Hristo Hristu, the leader of the anti-Turkish ultra-nationalist ELAM party, received more than 6 percent of the vote, was an indication that the racists continued to gain votes.
Nikos Christodoulidis, who completed the first round of the race first , is considered the heir of the current President Nikos Anastasiadis, who could not be a candidate due to his two consecutive terms. It is considered certain that DISI leader Averof Neofitu, who was eliminated from the race, will support his party member Christodoulidis in the second round. For this reason, it is stated that Christodoulides gained a great advantage over his rival Mavroyannis.