Greek Cypriots elect Nicos Anastasiades as president
Their nation's solvency hanging by a thread, Greek Cypriots elected the veteran rightwinger Nicos Anastasiades as their seventh president on Sunday giving the pro-bailout politician a landslide victory not seen in more than 40 years – and bringing the eurozone's next rescue package closer.
The Democratic Rally (Disy) party leader won almost 57.48% of the vote, in what his top campaign official described as a "sure, clear and strong" mandate to forge ahead with the necessary reforms to end the island's worst crisis in decades. His communist-backed opponent, Stavros Malas, had fought an electric and often bitter campaign emphasising the need for growth over austerity.
The result was met with jubilation by Disy, with euphoric supporters pouring into the streets of the divided island, honking horns and waving blue and white Greek flags.