Turkish Cypriot hardliner beats leftist in leadership runoff

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A hardliner who favors even closer ties with Turkey and a tougher stance with rival Greek Cypriots in peace talks has defeated the leftist incumbent in the Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff. Turkish Cypriot broadcaster BRT said with 100% of the votes counted Sunday, Ersin Tatar secured 51.74% of the vote compared to 48.26% for Mustafa Akinci. Tatar appears to have benefited from a higher turnout in the runoff, managing to rally supporters from the approximately 200,000-strong electorate who may not have voted in the first round. Mustafa conceded defeat to Tatar.