A ballot depicts the candidates for a presidential election at a polling station in Limassol, Cyprus January 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou
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Voters in Cyprus headed to the polls Sunday for a presidential election that could determine if the divided island makes another push to reunite after the collapse of talks last year.As always, the nearly 44-year division of the island between the internationally recognized Greek-majority Republic of Cyprus and a Turkish Cypriot statelet in the north looms large.In July, two years of UN-backed talks between Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci came closer than ever to reunifying the island but collapsed in acrimony before a deal.During the campaign Anastasiades was attacked for being either too pliant or not keen enough to seal a deal.The economy is still smaller than it was before the crisis, unemployment is around 11 percent and banks are awash with bad loans.
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