Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid east Mediterranean tensions

Turkish-held northern Cyprus, a breakaway state recognised only by Ankara, votes on Sunday for a new leader in a run-off election held amid heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.The presidential vote pits the incumbent and favourite, Mustafa Akinci, 72 – who supports reunification with the majority Greek-speaking EU member the Republic of Cyprus in the south – against the right-wing Turkish nationalist Ersin Tatar.Tatar, 60, who advocates a two-state solution, now holds the title of prime minister in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). He has controversia…

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