Is the left the right path for unity in Cyprus?

Last weekend incumbent centrist Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulo was defeated in the first round of the Presidential elections.

This leaves the race between left candidate Demetris Christofias of AKEL (Progressive Party of Working People) and right-winger Ioannis Casoulides of Democratic Rally.

With AKEL, a former coalition partner that helped elect Papadopoulo, receiving endorsement from his DIKO party they seem well placed to take the Presidency.

We’ll just have to wait and see if a traditional strong left voice gets the chance to bring about unity in Cyprus despite the Church of Cyprus endorsing the right-wing candidate.

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