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World North Cyprus prime minister, president compete in runoff election

12:35  18 october  2020
12:35  18 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Cypriots in the breakaway northern Cyprus voted in a tight presidential runoff that pits two different views of ties with the rest of the island, and that could influence a broader territorial dispute in the Mediterranean.

Career politician and current president Mustafa Akinci, 72, supports reuniting the island, which split after a 1974 Turkish invasion in response to a brief Greek-inspired coup.

Only Ankara recognises Northern Cyprus as an independent state. Other countries consider it part of Cyprus. The latest United Nations-mediated peace negotiations failed in 2017 and there has been no progress in talks since.

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  Leftist versus hardliner in Turkish Cypriot leadership vote NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish Cypriots vote on Sunday in a leadership runoff that could decide whether they retain more control over their own affairs or steer even closer to an increasingly domineering Turkey. Veteran incumbent Mustafa Akinci, 72, backs the long-held federal framework for a deal with rival Greek Cypriots to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus. He’s also a champion of Turkish Cypriots who oppose Turkey’s complete domination of their affairs. © Provided by Associated Press In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct.

Northern Cyprus 's President Mustafa Akinci and Prime Minister Ersin Tatar will go to a run - off in a week's time after each won The president of Cyprus , Nicos Anastasiades, called the move “illegal”. As well as having an impact on inter-island talks, the result of North Cyprus ’ election may influence

The incumbent leader of Turkish-held northern Cyprus , Mustafa Akinci, faces a runoff against the Ankara-backed prime minister after failing to secure enough first-round votes in the unrecognized territory's presidential election on Sunday. Akinci, who supports the eventual reunification of Cyprus

Ersin Tatar, 60, the current prime minister who has also served as finance minister, has closer ties with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Tatar supports separate sovereign administrations on the island, a plan that Turkey has recently said is the only solution.

Tatar won the first round of the election last week with 32.34%, ahead of Akinci who got 29.80%.

As well as having an impact on inter-island talks, the result of north Cyprus' election may influence negotiations over the contested maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean, which has Turkey at odds with Greece and Cyprus.

Voting was scheduled to end at 1500 GMT, official media said. Footage showed voters wearing masks and gloves as part of measures against the novel coronavirus. With a population of some 326,000, northern Cyprus has reported 836 infections and five deaths as of Saturday.

Earlier this month, Tatar, speaking alongside Turkey's Erdogan said northern Cyprus was reopening part of the beachfront of a resort abandoned for 46 years in a move that could hurt efforts to revive dispute settlement talks.

The president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, called the move "illegal".

(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

In Fight Between Two Allies, Greece and Turkey Appeal to US as Conflict Intensifies .
With no clear path to resolving their Eastern Mediterranean dispute, Greek officials seek a strong U.S. role neutrality, while their Turkish counterparts want Washington to stay neutral as both sides blame each other for the worsening feud.With no clear path to resolution, Athens seeks intervention, Ankara seeks Washington neutrality, and both blame one another for aggravating a historic feud.

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