Nicos Anastasiades, has been re-elected President of the Republic of Cyprus, for a another five years in a run-off election that took place last night (local time).

President Anastasiades, 71, backed by the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party, secured 215,281 votes totaling for a 55.99 per cent of the vote.

His opponent Stavros Malas of the left wing party AKEL, totalled 169,243 votes (44.01 per cent).

The overall abstention rate was 26.03 per cent, with 2.65 per cent of the votes were invalid, and 2.99 per cent blank, while valid ballots were 384,524 or 94.37 per cent, CNA reports.

“My dear friends, I want to thank you from the depths of my heart for the trust and the clear mandate,” Anastasiades told his supporters who had gathered outside the DISY headquarters in Nicosia.

“A new era begins tomorrow. People demand cooperation and unity because this is the only way to solve the problems we’re facing.”