Voters are heading to the polls in Cyprus to elect a new president, with opinion polls indicating none of the frontrunners will muster an outright majority.
Cyprus presidential election expected to lead to runoff
Cyprus is voting for a new president in an election opinion polls indicate is unlikely to produce a clear winner, setting the stage for a runoff.
Heralding the end of two terms for incumbent conservative President Nicos Anastasiades, some 561,000 Greek Cypriots are eligible to vote in Sunday’s poll after a campaign dominated by issues such as corruption, a deadlocked peace process with estranged Turkish Cypriots, labour disputes related to accelerating inflation and irregular migration.
Heavy rain and storms are forecast on Sunday, which could affect voter turnout.
With 14 candidates in the running, opinion polls point to a race between three frontrunners – former foreign minister Nikos Christodouldes, who is leading the polls, right-wing DISY party leader Averof Neophytou and career diplomat Andreas Mavroyiannis backed by the leftist AKEL party.