- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 18, 2010

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Final official results indicate that hard-liner Dervis Eroglu has won a key Turkish Cypriot leadership election with 50.38 percent of the vote.

Mr. Eroglu has surpassed the 50 percent threshold for an outright win. Official results posted on the Turkish Cypriot High Electoral Board’s Web site on Sunday give leftist incumbent Mehmet Ali Talat 42.85 percent of the vote.

Many feared that an Eroglu win over Mr. Talat could lead peace talks to collapse, jeopardizing Turkey’s European Union membership bid. Mr. Eroglu advocates separate sovereignty for the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, which internationally recognized Greek Cypriots reject.

Cyprus was split into a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

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