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Issue #1583      February 27, 2013

Cyprus election right-wing win

The first round of the presidential election in Cyprus concluded on February 17 with three candidates emerging out of a field of 10. The overall voter turn out was more than 80 percent.

Expecting an outright victory, right-wing Disy party candidate Nicos Anastiades was forced into a second round election by two other candidates running as independents, Stavros Malas and Giorgios Lillikas.

Anastiades is seen as the favoured candidate of big banks and others who want to impose austerity on Cyprus in response to the worldwide crisis of capital.

Malas, who enjoys the support of left party, AKEL, came in second. Malas and Lillikas’ combined vote total topped Anastiades. Lillikas is backed by EDEK, a party considered similar to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labour Party.

In a recent statement on the elections the AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou called on Cypriots to “defend the public and natural wealth” and to defend against neo-liberal attacks on working people, social benefits, wages and pensions.

The vote of Lillikas’ supporters was critical in the second round held on February 24. The right-wing Anastiades won with 57.5 percent of the vote to Malas’ 42.5 percent.

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