Local officials confirm he narrowly defeated the left-wing incumbent Mustafa Akıncı in Sunday's run-off vote
Local officials confirm he narrowly defeated the left-wing incumbent Mustafa Akıncı in Sunday's run-off vote Right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar has won a leadership runoff vote in the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
With all of the ballots counted, the Ankara-backed Tatar secured 51.74 percent of the vote on Sunday, ahead of the incumbent Mustafa Akinci, at 48.26 percent, according to official media.
The results will likely have implications over the heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean
Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego reports Right-wing nationalist Ersin #Tatar, backed by Ankara, scored a surprise victory in a run-off presidential #election Sunday in breakaway northern #Cyprus, official results showed. Tatar, who advocates a two-state solution on the divided island, won 51.73 percent, ahead of incumbent #Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who had been tipped to win a second term. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, a pro-reunification moderate, and Ankara-backed challenger Ersin Tatar are to contest an October 18 runoff in breakaway northern Cyprus, following an election Sunday.