Re-elected Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (C) waves to his supporters during a proclamation ceremony at the Eleftheria Hall in Nicosia after he won the second round of the presidential elections on February 4, 2018. AFP / Iakovos Hatzistavrou
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Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday won re-election for a second term, seeing off a leftist challenger with vows to restart talks to unify the island and cement an economic recovery.The official final result after a second round run-off saw the conservative incumbent claim 55.99 percent of the vote in the Greek-majority European Union member, ahead of Communist-backed Stavros Malas on 44 percent."My priority is to tackle the occupation of our country but without ignoring the sensitivities of the Turkish Cypriots," he said.Jubilant supporters of the president at the event welcomed his election for another five years.This time around the economy was a dominant issue for the roughly 550,000-strong Greek Cypriot electorate as the island recovers from a 2013 financial crisis.
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