NICOSIA, Cyprus — Greek Cypriots voted Sunday in parliamentary elections that opposition leaders hope will force President Spyros Kyprianou to either resign or to include Parliament in peace talks with the island's Turks.
Election officials reported that 95% of the 346,000 eligible voters cast ballots before the polls closed at 6 p.m.
Voting is mandatory in this tiny, divided Mediterranean island state.
In October, leaders of the main opposition parties--the right-wing Rally Party and the Communist Akel Party--forced an early election. They had complained that Kyprianou erred in failing to sign a United Nations-sponsored agreement that would have led to reuniting the island nation.
Kyprianou was elected president in 1983 with Akel's support, but Akel dropped its alliance with the president's minority Diko Party late last year.
Kyprianou has said he will refuse to resign until his term expires in 1988, the date of the next presidential elections.