February 16, 1998 |
When Glafcos Clerides became president of this island nation five years ago, he said his priority would be to try to do away with the barbed wire that has sliced it in two for more than two decades. He did not manage it in his first term, but at the age of 78 he fought tooth and nail for a second mandate to finish what he started--by keeping the Cyprus problem firmly in the international spotlight.
February 9, 1998 |
Former Foreign Minister George Iacovou will face incumbent President Glafcos Clerides next Sunday in a runoff election for president of Cyprus after neither candidate won a majority in Sunday's first round of voting. Iacovou edged ahead with 40.6% of the vote, a razor-thin margin over Clerides, who received 40.1%. In the campaign, seven candidates wooed the electorate with promises of trying to resolve Cyprus' decades-old division and steer the island closer to membership in the European Union.
February 8, 1993 |
Greek Cypriots voted in presidential elections seen as a referendum on a U.N. plan to reunite the island, split into Greek and Turkish enclaves since 1974. President George Vassiliou--the only leading contender to support the proposal--won 44% of the 355,535 votes, but not the majority needed to win the election outright. Right-wing candidate Glafcos Clerides came in second with nearly 37%. A runoff is scheduled for next Sunday.
February 2, 1993
Cypriot President George Vassiliou faces stiff competition for reelection today, as nearly 400,000 ethnic Greek Cypriot voters on this divided Mediterranean island decide which of five presidential candidates will lead the region's smallest democracy for the next five years. Predictably, the major issue is which of the three leading candidates can best out-finesse a shared opponent--Turkey. U.N.
April 23, 1990 |
Turkish Cypriot voters on Sunday gave their veteran leader, Rauf Denktash, an overwhelming endorsement for his hard-line stand on unity talks with Greek Cypriots. Unofficial results reported by the electoral board gave Denktash 68.6% of the ballots for the presidency of the breakaway Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, which is recognized only by Ankara. The main opposition candidate, Ismail Bozkurt, had 30.4%, while the third contender, leftist Alpay Durduran, received less than 1%.
February 22, 1988
George Vassiliou, a 56-year-old Communist-backed millionaire, defeated a veteran conservative opponent to become president of Cyprus. With 90% of the vote counted in a second round of balloting, Vassiliou had 51.53% of the votes and Glafcos Clerides had 48.47%. It was the first closely contested election since independence from Britain in 1960. Clerides, 68, and Vassiliou eliminated incumbent Spyros Kyprianou on Feb. 14 in the first round in the Greek part of the Mediterranean island.