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Far-right party in Cypriot parliament

Published 22/05/2016

President Nicos Anastasiades, with his wife Andri and their grandson Andi, casts his ballot (AP)
President Nicos Anastasiades, with his wife Andri and their grandson Andi, casts his ballot (AP)

The far-right ELAM and two other small parties have won seats in Cyprus' parliament for the first time.

The Cypriot elections have been marked by the second-lowest voter turnout and biggest shift among swing voters in the island's history.

Analyst Christophoros Christophorou said the final results in Sunday's elections indicate a strong undercurrent of disillusionment with the country's traditional powerhouses.

A total of eight parties have entered the 56-seat parliament.

Mr Christophorou said many voters wanted to punish larger parties for economic crisis that saw unemployment hit record levels.

ELAM advocates a hard-line nationalist stance in talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reunify the ethnically split island nation.

This result has no effect on the formation of the government which is already in place. That changes only after presidential elections, which will next be held in 2018.

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