There have been gains for President Tassos Papadopoulos’s party in a parliamentary election in Cyprus, according to an exit poll. His Democratic Party, which governs in coalition with the communist AKEL, is seen as boosting its share of the vote by several percentage points from the previous election.With 10 percent of the vote counted, the ruling alliance had edged ahead of the opposition Democratic Rally. If confirmed in the final results, it would signal approval for the governing parties that campaigned against the UN’s plan for reunification of the island in a referendum in 2004. It would also bolster a leadership keen on extracting concessions from Turkey as it pursues it bid to join the EU. Papadopoulos has threatened to block Turkey’s entry talks. His party appears to have made the most gains. Cyprus is represented in the EU only by its internationally-recognised Greek Cypriot government. Turkey invaded Cyprus’s north in 1974 in response to a Greek-inspired coup. The election indicates international mediators will have a hard time trying to resurrect the UN settlement proposals, which had called for large degrees of power-sharing on the island. The plan was accepted by Turkish Cypriots.
Government gains in Cypriot election