Cliffhanger in Cyprus poll

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Cliffhanger in Cyprus poll

CONSERVATIVE incumbent Glafcos Clerides edged ahead of independent challenger George Iakovou in Cyprus's cliff-hanger presidential election. With 26.2 per cent of votes counted, Mr Clerides had 51 per cent compared to Mr Iakovou's 49 per cent. Pollsters had predicted a close vote to pick the man who will steer the island through talks on possible reunification and EU membership negotiations after an inconclusive first round. An independent exit poll earlier predicted victory for Clerides by a two percentage point margin.

- Reuters, Nicosia