Left wing wins election in North Cyprus

Leftist Akinci wins north Cyprus election, seeking peace deal. won 60.3 percent of the votes, according to figures provided by the election commission. His rival was incumbent president Dervis Eroglu, a conservative elected five years ago. (Reuters)

Akıncı, 67, is a former mayor of the Turkish Cypriot half of the island’s divided capital and has been one of his community’s most outspoken advocates of reconciliation with the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government. (Hurriyet)