Nikos Christodoulides, the former Foreign Minister of Cyprus, has been elected as the country’s next president. He won the election with 52% of the votes, defeating seasoned diplomat Andreas Mavroyiannis who received 48% of the votes.
The major concerns for voters in the election included the cost of living crisis, irregular immigration, and the Cyprus dispute with the Turkish-occupied north of the island.
Christodoulides was expelled from the ruling DISY party and ran as an independent. He has the support of the Democratic Party, the Movement for Social Democracy, and the Democratic Alignment. He was previously appointed as government spokesman in 2014 and foreign minister in 2018.