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Politis - Cyprus | 18/02/2008

Greek Cypriots reject their president

Outgoing President Tassos Papadopoulos has been eliminated in the first round of elections held in Cyprus on February 17th. For Lefteris Adilinis, this election marks "the end of an era of nationalism that began with independence in 1960s and reached an apogee in 2004, with the vote against the United Nations reunification plan. Greek Cypriots have not voted for a party, but for a solution to the island's division. They sanctioned Tassos Papadopoulos, who as done nothing to reunite the island and show us how to live, or relive in peace with the other side; a president who, granted, got us into the euro zone and the European Union, but made the best of the division. The young have opted instead for the former Foreign Secretary, Ioannis Kasoulides [DISY, right], who created a surprise by coming first in the first round, after being considered an outsider. He is now up against Demetris Christofias [AKEL, communist], the president of parliament, who has benefited from the popular vote."

Politis - Cyprus | 13/02/2008

Kosovo's independence weighs on Cyprus' elections

"Even though the first round of the presidential election is taking place in four days [Sunday, February 17] and the candidates are neck and neck, the attention of Greek Cypriots is fixed on Kosovo," writes the editorialist Lefteris Adinilis. "Because election day is also the day that Kosovo is expected to declare independence. The principle theme of the elections is the reunification of the island: how can't we see in Kosovo's probable declaration of independence an imposing shadow? Russia dropped a diplomatic bomb this week by making a parallel between the independence of Kosovo and the independence of Northern Cyprus. ... Russia is the only permanent member of the UN Security Council that is openly opposed to Kosovo's independence. It will refuse to recognise it. So, is the reunification of Cyprus, which seems so close, already dead?"

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