Anastasiades – Malas face each other for the second time in a run-off presidential election

icos Anastasiades and Stavros Malas face each other for the second time in a run-off election, the first seeking re-election and the second to become President of the Republic of Cyprus for 2018 – 2023.

The two men faced each other in the past in the run-off election of 2013 when Nicos Anastasiades was elected for a five year term.

During last Sunday’s first electoral round, Anastasiades, who is backed by the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party, garnered 35.5% while Malas, who is backed by the main opposition AKEL party, secured 30.3%. This is the first time neither of the two candidates has managed to gain the support of any of the other parliamentary parties.

Last Sunday Democratic Party (DIKO) leader Nicholas Papadopoulos, backed by his own party, social democratic EDEK, the Solidarity Movement and the Greens came third with 25.7%. ELAM leader Christos Christou backed by his own party, ranked 4th with 5.6%. Yiorgos Lillikas, leader of the Citizens’ Alliance Movement followed with 2.2% as far as parliamentary parties are concerned.

The inauguration of the new President will be held before the House of Representatives during an extraordinary session, which will take place on 28 February 2018.

Participation in the first round of elections reached 71.9% and abstention was 28.1%.

In the 2013 elections Nicos Anastasiades received 57.48% of the vote, while Stavros Malas garnered 42.52%.

Source: Cyprus News Agency