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Sunday 25 September 2016

Far-right party in Cypriot parliament

Published 22/05/2016 | 12:31

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in the southern port city of Limassol (AP)
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in the southern port city of Limassol (AP)

The far-right ELAM and two other small parties have won seats in Cyprus' parliament for the first time.

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The Cypriot elections have been marked by the second-lowest voter turnout and biggest shift among swing voters in the island's history.

Analyst Christophoros Christophorou said the final results in Sunday's elections indicate a strong undercurrent of disillusionment with the country's traditional powerhouses.

A total of eight parties have entered the 56-seat parliament.

Mr Christophorou said many voters wanted to punish larger parties for economic crisis that saw unemployment hit record levels.

ELAM advocates a hard-line nationalist stance in talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reunify the ethnically split island nation.

This result has no effect on the formation of the government which is already in place. That changes only after presidential elections, which will next be held in 2018.

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