Cyprus President Anastasiades to Run for a Second Term in Office

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades announced on Saturday that he will be running for President in 2018.

Speaking during an event organized at the Philoxenia Conference Centre, in Nicosia, Anastasiades said he will run for a second term in office, with a view to fulfill his vision to bring about peace in Cyprus, give new opportunities and hope to young people, fulfill the modernization of the state’s structures, effectively address the problems of the vulnerable groups of the population and successfully conclude the country’s energy plans.

He also noted that if he is elected this will be his last term in office, during which he will work with passion, persistence, determination and strong will for cooperation with everyone.

Anastasiades, 71, a conservative, was widely credited with leading a renewed bid to reunite Cyprus, split in a Turkish invasion in 1974 after a brief Greek-inspired coup.

“Failure to reach a solution is not in the interests of either Greek or Turkish Cypriots, and naturally, not of Turkey either. I want to believe Turkey will see the benefits of a solution,” Anastasiades, who represents Greek Cypriots in peace negotiations, told supporters in Nicosia.

Anastasiades is expected to run against at least three other contenders, including Nicolas Papadopoulos, son of late president Tassos Papadopoulos who rejected a United Nations reunification blueprint for Cyprus in 2004.

Elections will be held on Jan. 28, with a runoff a week later if a single candidate does not muster a majority in the first round.