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Northern Cyprus: election run-off pits incumbent conservative against leftist

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By Euronews
Northern Cyprus: election run-off pits incumbent conservative against leftist

<p>Turkish Cypriots have been heading to the ballot box, to choose a new president.</p> <p>Incumbent conservative Dervis Eroglu is going up against leftist Mustafa Akinci in an election run-off on the divided island. </p> <p>Eroglu notched up 28.4 percent and Akinci 26.8 percent in the first round of voting earlier this month. </p> <p>Akinci, who is promising to inject new impetus into stalled peace talks with Greek Cypriots, has the support of a socialist who polled third in the first round. </p> <p>Unofficial results are expected by 1900 <span class="caps">CET</span> on Sunday, two hours after voting ends. </p> <p>Cyprus was split in 1974. Its division is a source of tension between <span class="caps">NATO</span> allies Greece and Turkey and also weighs on relations with the European Union. </p> <p>Reunification talks have limped on for years, leaving Turkish Cypriots in political isolation and tens of thousands of Cypriots on both sides internally displaced.</p> <p>The United Nations says that it expects talks to restart next month, after a six-month hiatus. </p> <p>Eroglu, 77, who was elected five years ago, said this would be his last campaign.</p> <p>Akinci, 67, has worked closely with Greek Cypriots in the past and says he will actively pursue confidence-building measures if elected.</p>