May 22, 2011, midnight
Cyprus’s main opposition party, the right wing Democratic Rally (DISY), made gains in parliamentary elections on Sunday. Official results showed DISY garnered 34.2 percent of the vote, while President Demetris CHRISTOFIAS’ communist AKEL party captured 32.6 percent. Although AKEL increased its seat share from the 2006 election, its coalition partner, the Democratic Party (DIKO), lost two seats. This offsets AKEL’s one seat gain and means the coalition will no longer have an absolute majority in the 56-member House of Representatives. Although voting is compulsory, the election drew a historically low turnout, with 21 percent of voters abstaining.