Cyprus

Opposition wins general election


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The opposition party Democratic Rally (DISY) have narrowly beaten the ruling Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) in the general election which took place yesterday.

DISY took 34.27% of the vote, up nearly 4%, and 20 of the 56 seats available in the parliament. AKEL took 32.67% of the vote and 19 seats. Both parties increased their percentage of the vote, but AKELs coalition partner the Democratic Rally (DIKO) dropped votes to take nine seats.

The Social Democrats (EDEK) took five seats, the European Movement (EVROKO) took two seats and the Greens took one seat.

Although the election doesn’t affect the government of President Dimitris Christofias, it may have an impact upon his negotiations for reunification of the island as well as the election of a new parliamentary speaker.

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