Republic of Cyprus

Kypriaki Dimokratia (Greek)

Kibris Cumhuriyeti (Turkish)

Note: Cyprus held the first round of its presidential elections on February 17, 2008, eliminating Democratic Party incumbent Tassos Papadopoulos, who took 31.79 percent of votes, leaving Democratic Rally candidate Ioannis Kasoulides, with 33.51 percent, and Demetris Christofias, of the Progressive Party of the Working People (AKEL), with 33.29 percent. Christofias won the second round on February 24 with 53 percent, besting the 47 percent vote share won by Kasoulides. Christofias was inaugurated as president on February 29.

Political Status: Independent republic established August 16, 1960; member of the Commonwealth since March 13, 1961; under ethnic Greek majority regime until coup led by Greek army officers and subsequent Turkish intervention on July 20, 1974; Turkish Federated State proclaimed February 13, ...

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