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Talat leading in Cyprus vote

The pro-EU party of Turkish-Cypriot administration head Mehmet Ali Talat won yesterday’s election process in the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus, but it was unclear whether it would secure an absolute majority. Talat claimed victory, with most of the 575 ballot boxes counted. «The partial results of the vote show that we have significantly increased our votes,» he said. «This is an important success.» With 98 percent of the votes counted, Talat’s Republican Turkish Party (CTP) had secured some 44 percent. The nationalist, anti-unification National Unity Party (UBP) of Dervis Eroglu was second with some 32 percent, while Serdar Denktash’s Democratic Party commanded around 14 percent of the vote. Turnout reached 74 percent. Some 147,000 voters were registered. The CTP holds 18 seats in the outgoing, 50-strong assembly, while the UBP has 20 and the Democratic Party – which formed an uneasy alliance with the CTP – has five.