President Nicos Anastasiades has made it through to the second round of the presidential elections scheduled for February 4, with 35.5% of the votes. A high proportion of potential voters (28.6 %), disillusioned by past performances, stayed away.
Anastasiades will be running against independent Stavros Malas (pictured on left), who is supported by AKEl. Malas won 30.25% of the votes. This left the third main contender, DIKO leader Nicolas Papadopoulos with 25.75 %, putting him out of the running, much to the relieve of those, on both side of the divide, who are in favour of a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Comments on social media from the north after the final results were in, showed that Turkish Cypriots saw the outcome as a vote by Greek Cypriots in favour of a bi-zonal bi-communal federation in Cyprus.