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A surprise candidate?

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While some people still dream of success in the long-dead Cyprus intercommunal talks, Greek Cypriots are buried deep in the “Who will be candidates for the February presidential poll?” question.

Any candidate who wishes to get elected as the Greek Cypriot president must manage to get the support of the top three political parties as well as the backing of a coalition of smaller and often adventurist parties.

What about the Church of Cyprus? Well, compared to the good old times when Archbishop Makarios was the king of the church, it does not enjoy immense power nowadays. Yet, to get elected, the support of the Church of Cyprus is of great value.

Can the incumbent Nikos Anastasiades be elected for a second term? Unfortunately. The Cyprus talks are deadlocked and there appears to be no prospect for revival. On the contrary, both on the island and in the international community, it is now recognized that his presidency was remarkable in regards to proving that a federal settlement cannot be achieved. Both sides’ leaders, both saluted for being pro-settlement and pro-federation, achieved something their predecessors could not over the past half century: they brought the Cyprus federation talks to an awful end.


© Hürriyet Daily News