Cyprus Election Could Put a Peace Deal in Jeopardy

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, with his wife Andri and their grandson Andi, casts his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary elections, Limassol, Cyprus, May 22, 2016 (AP photo by Petros Karadjias).
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, with his wife Andri and their grandson Andi, casts his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary elections, Limassol, Cyprus, May 22, 2016 (AP photo by Petros Karadjias).

Last week, Cyprus held legislative elections. While the two biggest parties, the Democratic Rally and the Progressive Party of Working People, lost significant support, they still managed to come in first and second place, respectively. In an email interview, James Ker-Lindsay, the Eurobank EFG senior research fellow on the politics of Southeast Europe, discussed the recent elections and what they mean for politics in Cyprus. WPR: What factors explain the declining support for the two main parties—the Democratic Rally (DISY) and the Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL)—and the rise of the far right in the recent legislative elections in […]

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