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EU conservatives vow to back new Cyprus president


The EU's biggest parliamentary group, the centre-right EPP, on Sunday rushed to congratulate fellow rightwinger Nicos Anastasiades for his election as the new president of Cyprus.

In a statement issued as final results gave Anastasiades 57.5% of the vote, the European People's Party also pledged to back his efforts to secure a bailout for the EU state, currently on the verge of bankruptcy.

"Cyprus now has a reliable president that inspires confidence in Europe," said EPP president Wilfried Martens.

"In spite of the difficulties in the negotiations for the Cyprus bailout agreement, Nicos Anastasiades can count on the support of the EPP," he added.

Anastasiades won in a second round runoff against communist-backed Stavros Malas.

""On behalf of the entire political family of the EPP, I congratulate my good friend Nicos Anastasiades for his impressive electoral victory," said Martens.

"The people of Cyprus have sent a strong message to Europe by putting their trust into a person that has the leadership qualities and the credibility to bring the country out of the current economic crisis.

Sunday's victory sees Cyprus become the 16th EU nation headed by an EPP member.

The EPP is the largest European-level political party of the centre-right.