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Rightwinger Anastasiades, communist Malas to contest Cyprus runoff

Published on Feb 18, 2013 2:31 AM

NICOSIA (AFP) - Rightwing leader Nicos Anastasiades and communist-backed Stavros Malas are to contest a runoff poll in economic crisis-hit Cyprus, final results of a presidential election on Sunday showed.

Disy party head Anastasiades won 45 per cent, ahead of Mr Malas, who clinched 27 per cent. Exit polls had shown the Disy leader with more than the 50 per cent needed to avoid a Feb 24 second round.

Former foreign minister George Lillikas came in third with 25 per cent, state television reported with 99 per cent of the vote counted.

Exit polls had triggered chanting, honking of car horns and flying of party flags by Disy supporters, but they grew quiet as the official final results were announced.

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