Nikos Christodoulides elected as the new president of Cyprus

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Former Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides was elected President of Cyprus on 13 February after a second and final round of voting.

An overview of the news

  • Christodoulides, 49, won 51.9% of the vote, while his opponent Andreas Mavroyanis, 66, took 48.1%.

  • More than 72.4 percent of people voted in Cyprus this time, which is higher than before.

  • He was appointed Government Spokesperson in 2014 and Foreign Minister in 2018.

  • Christodoulides is supported by the Democratic Party, the Movement for Social Democracy and the Democratic Alignment.

  • Cyprus was divided in 1974, when Turkish forces occupied the northern part in response to a Greek-sponsored coup d'état.

  • Since then the current issue between Cyprus and Turkey is the ongoing dispute between the Greek Cypriots in the south and the Turkish Cypriots in the north.

Republic of Cyprus 

  • It is an island European country in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

  • It gained its Independence from Britain in 1960. 

  • The country has a majority population which are of Greece descent while the minority population are of Turkish origin.

  • Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and created a Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in 1983. 

  • Except Turkey no country recognises Turkish Cyprus. 

  • India also recognises the Cyprus government.

  • Capital: Nicosia 

  • Currency: Euro 

  • President: Nikos Christodoulides 

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