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How Anastasiades victory compares to previous elections
Nicos Anastasiades’ 57.48 per cent victory last night gave him the highest score in a run-off election in the post-1974 era.
The final tally stood at 57.48 per cent for Anastasiades, compared to 42.52 per cent for Stavros Malas.
The elections for the seventh president of the Republic went to a run-off, after Anastasiades failed to secure the required 50 per cent plus one votes on February 17. On February 17 the conservative leader, endorsed by the DISY and DIKO parties, garnered 45.46 per cent, a huge lead over leftist Stavros Malas who received 26.91 per cent. Independent Giorgos Lillikas was eliminated after coming in a close third behind Malas with 24.93 per cent.
In 2008, the incumbent president Tassos Papadopoulos was eliminated from a run-off, garnering 31.79 per cent or 143,249 votes. DISY’s Ioannis Kassoulides stood against AKEL’s Demetris Christofias, with a lead of 980 votes during a first round of elections. Christofias went on to beat Kassoulides, garnering the required majority by a few thousand votes. Some 53.37 per cent of those who showed up to vote, or 240,604 people, voted for Christofias compared with 46.63 per cent, 210,195, for Kassoulides.
In 2003, Tassos Papadopoulos got the required majority from the first round, in an unexpected victory. Papadopoulos, who got 51.51 per cent majority share, beat the incumbent, twice president, Glafcos Clerides who got 38.80 per cent.
In 1998, AKEL-backed George Iacovou and the incumbent, DISY’s Glafcos Clerides, were neck to neck in the first round with Iacovou harnessing 40.61 per cent and Clerides getting 40.06 per cent of the share. EDEK founder Vassos Lyssarides lagged behind with 10.59 per cent.
Clerides was re-elected with a 50.82 per cent majority. The difference in votes between Iacovou and Clerides came to 6,657.
Clerides won the 1993 elections despite a strong lead by AKEL-backed George Vassiliou, who was running for re-election and was the first round’s clear winner with 44.15 per cent compared with Clerides’ 33.74 per cent. Clerides beat Vassiliou by a mere 2,176 votes and was elected president on a 50.31 per cent majority.
In the previous elections of 1988, the roles were reversed with Vassiliou beating Clerides in the run-off with a 51.63 per cent majority share. The incumbent, DIKO founder Spyros Kyprianou, was eliminated in the first round, garnering 27.29 per cent of registered votes compared with 30.11 per cent for Vassiliou and 33.32 per cent for Clerides.
Kyprianou took over as acting president in 1977, when the president, Archbishop Makarios III, died and was later unanimously elected to serve Makarios’ remaining term. Kyprianou was the only candidate in 1978, so was named president without a voting process, and then garnered 56.54 per cent majority in 1983, easily beating Clerides who got 33.93 per cent.
Makarios headed Cyprus’ transition from British colony to a Republic in 1959 and went on to head the republic until his death on August 3, 1977.