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Coalition Government: Cent and Anastasiades

coalition government: Stavros Malas, who ran as an independent with the support of the communist-rooted AKEL party, finished second with 30.25 per cent, according to The Chronicle Herald. Nicholas Papadopoulos, leader of the centre-right DIKO party and the son of late Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, trailed in third place with nearly 25.74 per cent. The final ballot tally showed President Nicos Anastasiades garnering 35.5 per cent of the vote. The result means that Anastasiades and Malas will go head-to-head on Feb. 4. Speaking after the polls closed, Anastasiades expressed his readiness to invite other parties to form a coalition government and repeated a pledge not to seek a third term if he won a second one. The two men also faced each other in the second round of the 2013 presidential election, which Anastasiades went on to win by one of the widest margins in Cypriot election history. ( As reported in the news.