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Sun 17 Feb 2013

Cyprus' former health minister runs for president

Dimitris Christofias, outgoing President of Cyprus

Wikipedia-The Presidential Press and Information Office

Cyprus' former health minister Stravos Malas runs for the post of the country's president as an independent candidate backed by the ruling communist party AKEL. 

Malas resigned from his ministerial position on October 12, 2012 in order to be able to join the presidential race

The incumbent President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, who once led AKEL, is not seeking re-election. His term has been marked by economic struggle due to the country's banks' exposure to Greece and the highest unemployment in decades. Additionally, the island's worst peacetime disaster occurred during Christofias' rule when an accidental explosion of confiscated munitions destroyed Cyprus' largest power station in July 2011.

Malas' main challengers are Nicos Anastassiades, head of the opposition right-wing Democratic Rally and George Lillikas, a former Cyprus' foreign minister.

This is a subevent of: Presidential election in Cyprus

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