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Battle of former diplomats in Cyprus’ presidential election


Associated Press

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A youthful foreign minister who campaigned as a unifier unconstrained by antiquated ideological and party lines will take on a veteran diplomat with broad voter appeal in a Feb. 12 runoff for the presidency of ethnically divided Cyprus. Former minister Nikos Christodoulides, 49, came out on top with 32% in the Feb. 5 first round. Andreas Mavroyiannis, 66, clinched second place with a surprisingly strong showing of 29.6%. The new president will face the tough challenge of trying to revive stalemated peace talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots and ensuring a healthy economy amid intense public concern over soaring inflation .

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