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Cyprus parliament shakeup after record low voter turnout

A Cypriot girl casts the ballot of her relative for the parliamentary elections at a polling station in the capital Nicosia on May 22, 2016A record low turnout in Cyprus elections Sunday resulted in the biggest shakeup in the island’s parliamentary history following a three-year economic downturn and amid disillusion with the political establishment. The ruling rightwing DISY party won with 30 percent of the vote, but the polls also resulted in the most fractious assembly ever with the far-right National Popular Front (ELAM) entering parliament. After what was seen as a protest vote against the two established parties and with the low turnout playing into the hands of smaller parties, an unprecedented eight parties will make up the new parliament.

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