From the Communist Party of Australia’s Guardian 31.05.06
Cyprus’ communist party, AKEL, retained its position as the leading party, with the highest vote in the May 2006 parliamentary elections. AKEL polled 31.16% of the total votes and won 18 seats in the 56-member House of Representatives, down two from 20 in the previous parliament. The right-wing party DISY (30.33%) lost votes, slipping 3.67% leaving it with 18 seats, down from 19.
The Democratic Party (DIKO) and the Socialists (EDEK) who were AKEL’s coalition partners in the previous government, both improved their position.
DIKO is the Party of the President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos. It won 17.91% of the votes, up by 3.07%, and increased its seats from 9 to 11. EDEK won 8.91%, up from 6.51%, electing 5 deputies, one more than before.
The three coalition partners retain a clear majority in the parliament.
The General Secretary of AKEL, Demetris Christofias, is hoping to retain the presidency of parliament — regarded as the second highest post in Cyprus — when the position is decided at the first session of the new parliament on June 1.