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Crisis-hit Cyprus to hold presidential runoff

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Cypriot rightwing leader Nicos Anastasiades and communist-backed Stavros Malas are to contest a runoff poll in their economic crisis-hit EU state, final results of a presidential election on Sunday showed. 

A handout picture released by the Cypriot Press and Information Office (PIO) shows ballots being sorted on February 17, 2013 in Nicosia, following the nationwide general elections. Rightwing leader Nicos Anastasiades and communist-backed Stavros Malas are to contest a runoff poll in economic crisis-hit Cyprus, final results of a presidential election on Sunday showed.

Disy party head Anastasiades won 45 percent, ahead of Stavros Malas backed by the AKEL communist party, who clinched 27. Exit polls had shown the Disy leader with more than the 50 percent needed to avoid a February 24 second round.

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