Conserative candidate wins Cyprus election


NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Final results show that conservative candidate Nicos Anastasiades has won Cyprus' presidential runoff election by one of the widest margins in 30 years.

According to the Interior Ministry's website, with all the votes counted, Anastasiades had won 57.48 percent of the ballots, far ahead of left-wing rival Stavros Malas, who had 42.51 percent of the vote.

Cypriots are choosing their leader at a critical time.

Their country faces the specter of financial meltdown, and the new president will be under pressure to quickly finalize a financial rescue package with the eurozone's other 16 countries and the International Monetary Fund.

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