Cyprus president, 71, declares bid for second 5-year term

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Cyprus president, 71, declares bid for second 5-year term
Cyprus president, 71, declares bid for second 5-year term

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has declared his bid for a second five-year term – and promises it will be his last.

The 71-year old Anastasiades threw his hat into the ring Saturday during a gathering for supporters where he outlined the achievements of his first term. That included bringing the economy of the divided Mediterranean island back on a growth trajectory after a 2013 economic crisis that brought Cyprus to the brink of bankruptcy.

Anastasiades pledged to renew efforts to reunify the ethnically divided island after peace talks with breakaway Turkish Cypriots collapsed in July.

His challengers include Nicholas Papadopoulos from the center-right DIKO party, former foreign minister Giorgos Lillikas and Stavros Malas, who is backed by the communist-rooted AKEL party.

Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades waves during a gathering for supporters in which he outlined the achievements of his first term in office at the “Filoxenia” conference center in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Anastasiades has declared a bid for a second five-year term which he says will be his last. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades waves during a gathering for supporters in which he outlined the achievements of his first term in office at the “Filoxenia” conference center in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Anastasiades has declared a bid for a second five-year term which he says will be his last. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades talks during a gathering for supporters in which he outlined the achievements of his first term in office at the “Filoxenia” conference center in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Anastasiades has declared a bid for a second five-year term which he says will be his last. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades waves during a gathering for supporters in which he outlined the achievements of his first term in office at the “Filoxenia” conference center in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Anastasiades has declared a bid for a second five-year term which he says will be his last. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades waves during a gathering for supporters in which he outlined the achievements of his first term in office at the “Filoxenia” conference center in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Anastasiades has declared a bid for a second five-year term which he says will be his last. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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