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Hardliner beats leftist in Turkish Cypriot leadership p...

Hardliner beats leftist in Turkish Cypriot leadership p...

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A hardliner who favors even closer ties with Turkey and a tougher stance with rival Greek Cypriots in peace talks has defeated the leftist incumbent in the Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff Sunday.Turkish Cypriot broadcaster BRT says with 100% of the votes counted, Ersin Tatar secured 51.NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A hardliner who favors even closer ties with Turkey is leading by a narrow margin against the leftist incumbent in the Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff Sunday, according to unofficial results.Turkish Cypriot broadcaster BRT says with 84% of the votes counted, Ersin Tatar secured 52.

Tatar, 60, advocates fully aligning Turkish Cypriot policies with those of Turkey, the region's patron.Only Turkey recognizes a breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the north that is economically and militarily dependent on Ankara.

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