Akinci’s Election Revives Hopes for Breakthrough in Cyprus Talks

Newly elected northern Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci speaks to his supporters, April 26, 2015 (AP photo by Petros Karadjias).
Newly elected northern Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci speaks to his supporters, April 26, 2015 (AP photo by Petros Karadjias).
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Mustafa Akinci was sworn in as president of northern Cyprus yesterday, after overwhelmingly defeating right-wing incumbent President Dervis Eroglu, 60.5 percent to 40.5 percent, in Sunday’s election. Though Eroglu, who has been in office since 2010, had just barely finished atop the first-round voting a week before, the leftist Akinci and the two other leading candidates, who all focused their campaigns on change and cleaner politics, together received 70 percent of the vote. The second round became, in effect, a referendum between those content with the conservative status quo, including a hard line in peace talks on Cyprus’ reunification, and […]

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