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Challenger concedes defeat in Cyprus presidential election

With nearly all votes from Sunday’s run-off election counted, Nicos Anastasiades had a 12-point lead over Stavros Malas.

Incumbent Nicos Anastasiades has defeated challenger Stavros Malas by a significant margin in Cyprus’ presidential election.

State-run broadcaster RIK said Mr Malas telephoned Mr Anastasiades about an hour after polls closed to concede defeat.

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Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades leaves a voting booth during the presidential election in the southern coastal city of Limassol, Cyprus (Petros Karadjias/AP)

With nearly all votes from Sunday’s run-off election counted, Mr Anastasiades had a 12-point lead over Mr Malas.

It is the second time in a row that Mr Anastasiades, a conservative veteran politician, has defeated left-leaning Mr Malas in a head-to-head race for president.

Mr Anastasiades’ supporters in the capital Nicosia celebrated by honking car horns.

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