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Publish Date: 16:56 - 18 October 2020
Sunday, 18 October 2020_Turkish Cypriots have begun voting in a tight run-off election to pick a new president, amid an escalation of tensions between Turkey and Greece over a territorial dispute in the Mediterranean Sea.

Turkish Cypriots vote in presidential run-off amid tensionsIncumbent president Mustafa Akinci and the current Prime Minister Ersin Tatar contest in the runoff vote. 

The president supports the island’s reunification with the majority Greek-speaking EU member, the Republic of Cyprus in the south.

But the right-wing Turkish nationalist Tatar supports separate sovereign administrations on the island — a plan that Turkey has recently said is the only solution to the decades-long dispute.

Tatar, who receives the backing of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won a 32 percent of the vote earlier this month, ahead of Akinci, who secured almost 30 percent of the vote.

Akinci also has the backing of Tufan Erhurman, a fellow Social Democrat, who came third last time around.

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