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Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Wins Presidential Election

Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Talat has won Sunday presidential election in the breakaway enclave.

With all the votes counted, Mr. Talat had more than 55 percent of the vote, while his nearest rival won just under 23 percent. Nine candidates were running.

Mr. Talat will replace 81-year-old Rauf Denktash, who has led the self-declared Turkish Cypriot state for decades and did not seek re-election.

When the vote result was announced, Mr. Talat immediately called for new reunification talks with Greek Cypriots.

Cyprus has been divided between Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities since 1974. Turkish Cypriots voted last year in favor of a U.N. reunification plan, but Greek Cypriots rejected it.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.