April 26, 2015 / 10:29 AM / 3 years ago

Independent leftist Akinci wins North Cyprus presidential election: commission

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Mustafa Akinci, a leftist moderate promising to push harder for a peace deal in ethnically-split Cyprus, swept to victory in a presidential election runoff in the Turkish Cypriot north of the island on Sunday.

Turkish Cypriot leadership candidate Mustafa Akinci and his wife Meral Akinci walk outside a polling stastion at an elementary school in northern Nicosia, April 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Akinci, standing as an independent, received 60.3 percent of the votes, according to figures provided by the election commission, beating the incumbent Dervis Eroglu, a conservative elected five years ago.

Writing by Kevin Liffey; editing by Ralph Boulton

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