Processes are intensifying in Cyprus ahead of the second round of elections

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The Democratic Alarm after the third place in the presidential elections is divided, AKEL is rallying for the second round of the elections and Nikos Christodoulidis is preparing to become the “Cypriot Macron”.

Of Antonis Angeletou

The only common point of the two presidential candidates in the final stretch before the polls is their parallel participation in the negotiations on the Cyprus issue from prominent positions of responsibility.

The Democratic Alarm after the third place in the presidential elections is divided, AKEL is rallying for the second round of the elections and Nikos Christodoulidis is preparing to become the “Cypriot Macron”.

On the island of Aphrodite, the second polls gain special interest after the decision of DISY to indicate the “vote of choice” to its voters.

The “Alarmists” decided to stay in the opposition and not participate in any government, whoever the winner is.

What is the rationale?

The Neophytou-Christodoulidis conflict could not give a line in support of the “guerrilla” former foreign minister. After all, he had been expelled from the party last January when he decided to run for the presidency.

At the same time, having spoken many times about “AKEL’s bogeyman” and DISY’s concern that the Left party would come to power again, any decision to support Andreas Mavroyiannis would be contradictory.

It was preceded by the letter of Nikos Christodoulidis to the president of DISY inviting the party to participate in his government.

The information states that all opinions were heard in the marathon meeting.

The vote of conscience had the support of the majority and prevailed over the possibility that DISY would find itself on the side of AKEL. Despite the fact that the current seems to have been strong.

Andreas Mavroyiannis is maneuvering to make his ballot more accessible to the right wing.

He announced that the finance minister he will choose will not come from the Left, a fact that satisfies a significant part of “DISY”.

On the contrary, the president of DIKO, Nikolas Papadopoulos, in an interview, argued that the dilemma is: “either a widely accepted government under Nikos Christodoulidis or an AKEL government under Andreas Mavroyiannis”.

In any case, participation in the second round will decide a lot. Either decrease as it did in 2013 or increase as in 2018.

From Sunday evening it appeared that Mr. Mavroyiannis has access to the pool of votes of Achilleas Dimitriadis (2.05% – 8,137 votes), but also of Constantinos Christofides (1.59% – 6,326 votes) and hopes for the greatest possible penetration in DISY.

The pollsters have already started the scenarios on how the alliances will be reflected in percentages on Sunday and how they will affect the result.

Nikos Christodoulidis has the lead.

The voters of the liberal and nationalist right seem to be currently holding the “keys” to the second ballot. 23,998 Cypriot citizens supported ELAM and Christos Christou.

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