A televised political debate between five Greek Cypriot presidential candidates failed to attract many viewers.
According to a report by Greek Cypriot daily ‘Politis’ the first and only live debate aired on television barely drew nine percent of the population, at peak time.
There has been a great deal of voter apathy ahead of the presidential elections which begin on 28 January. The results of which could affect whether or not the Cyprus negotiations, which collapsed in July 2017, will be resumed.
Cypriots turned their attention to other broadcasts, including Turkish soap opera “Love and Punishment”, which was the third most-watched programme at the time of the debate.
Viewers aged between 18 and 44 were the least interested in the debate. Most of the viewers were in the over-55 age group.
Favourite to win the election is President Nicos Anastasiades. This would be his second and last term in office, if he wins.
However, he is expected to face a run-off on 4 February against either communist-backed Stavros Malas or Nicolas Papadopoulos, a former president’s son who is a hardliner as regards the Cyprus talks.