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Cypriots Elect New President

(GREEK NEWS AGENGA)  Demetris Christofias, AKEL party leader and President of the House of Representatives, won confortably Cyprus’ crucial presidential runoff with 53.36% of the vote, compared with 46.64% of former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides. “We have a common vision… to reunite our people, Greeek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots,” Christofias said in victory speech Sunday.
Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, called Christofias to congratulate him and the two have agreed to meet at “earliest possible.” “We foresee a productive cooperation for the benefit of the two communities as well as for a viable and just solution to the problem,” Christofias stated.

Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and leaders of Greek political parties called Christofias to congratulate him for his election as President of the Cyprus Republic.

Cyprus’ Presidential Elections 2008: Official Results; Republic of Cyprus, Press and Information Office: Demetris Christofias, the new President of the Republic

Athens News Agency: Greek leaders congratulate new Cyprus President; Kathimerini daily: Christofias win sparks hope for reuninification