Right-wing nationalist secures victory over incumbent Mustafa Akinci at runoff vote.
Supporters of Tatar celebrate his win in the election in the northern part of Nicosia [Birol Bebek/AFP]
Right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar has won a leadership runoff vote in the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
With all of the ballots counted, the Ankara-backed Tatar secured 51.74 percent of the vote on Sunday, ahead of the incumbent Mustafa Akinci, at 48.26 percent, according to official media.
Tatar, who favours stronger ties with Turkey, had won 32.5 percent of the vote in last week’s first round, with Akinci closely following with 29.84 percent.
Tatar appears to have benefited from a higher turnout in the runoff.
He managed to rally supporters from the