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Greek Cypriots to vote for new parliament

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Over half a million Greek Cypriots are to elect a new parliament Sunday on this divided island - their first vote since rejecting a U.N. reunification plan.

Cyprus has been divided between a Greek-Cypriot south and Turkish occupied north since 1974, when Turkey invaded following an abortive coup by supporters of union with Greece.

Sunday's election for the 56-seat legislature is the first since Greek Cypriots rejected - and Turkish Cypriots backed - a U.N. peace plan in 2004.

The U.N. plan had envisaged the reunification of the island as a federation of two politically equal states under a weak central government. One state would be for the 750,000 Greek Cypriots, the other for the estimated 180,000 Turks and Turkish Cypriots.

More than 500,000 registered voters are expected to vote Sunday, with 487 candidates taking part.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sun May 21st, 2006 at 01:27:17 AM EST

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