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Sunday, 8 February, 1998, 01:29 GMT
Cypriot presidential election goes to run-off

The Cypriot presidential election has produced no outright winner.

A run-off will now be held next Sunday to choose the new leader from among the two front-runners.

Final results have put the former foreign minister, George Iacovou, half-a-percentage point ahead of the incumbent, Glafcos Clerides.

The BBC Cyprus correspondent says it remains unclear who will be the next Cypriot leader, as both begin negotiations to secure the support of the other five contenders.

Turkish Cypriots, living in their self-proclaimed state in the north of the island, took no part in the poll.

Their leader Rauf Denktash, has said that, whatever the result, there will be no change in Greek Cypriot policies.

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