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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-05-16

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKISH CYPRIOTS - PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
  • [02] PAPADOPOULOS CASE - COURT
  • [03] TOURISM - INCREASE

  • [01] TURKISH CYPRIOTS - PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

    A total of 544 Turkish Cypriots, who meet the provisions of the law, are registered to vote in the parliamentary elections of May 22.

    A copy of the ballot paper will be displayed at the polling stations in which the Turkish Cypriot voters will be casting their votes, along with instructions in Turkish on how to vote.

    According to the 1960 Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus, the citizens of the Republic belonging to the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities are registered in separate electoral polls and vote separately to elect respectively the President and Vice President of the Republic, and each community`s MPs for the House of Representatives, which is 70% Greek Cypriots and 30% Turkish Cypriots.

    Since 1964, after intercommunal unrest, the Turkish Cypriot right had not been exercised. In 2006, the Republic of Cyprus, complying with a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in an appeal by Turkish Cypriot Ibrahim Aziz, made temporary arrangements through legislation to enable Turkish Cypriots, residing in the southern government controlled areas of the Republic, to vote and be elected.

    The Electoral Service clarifies that the legislation provides the right to Turkish Cypriots, whose permanent residence is in the government controlled areas of the Republic, to vote as persons and not as members of the Turkish Cypriot community.

    Thus, since 2006 the Turkish Cypriots living in the government controlled areas of the Republic are able to exercise this right in all elections of the Republic of Cyprus.

    [02] PAPADOPOULOS CASE - COURT

    The Nicosia Assize Court passed sentences on Monday against three persons found guilty of conspiracy to commit a crime, exhuming a corpse without a court order and trespassing, in the case of the theft of the remains of former President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos from the cemetery of Saint Nicholas in Kato Deftera, on December 11, 2009.

    Indian national Sarbtzit Singh and brothers Mamas Prokopiou Kitas and Antonis Prokopiou Kitas were accused of stealing the remains of Cyprus`s former President Tassos Papadopoulos.

    Singh received a total of 81 months imprisonment, in concurrent sentences from one to 18 months, and the brothers at total of 58 months imprisonment each, in concurrent sentences from three to 20 months. Their detention so far will count as time served. Antonis Prokopiou Kitas is already serving a life sentence for murder.

    More serious charges of blackmail and extortion were dropped.

    The body was found on March 8, 2010, at the new Strovolos cemetery in the Nicosia district.

    [03] TOURISM - INCREASE

    Tourists arrivals in Cyprus marked an increase of 43% in April 2011.

    According to figures released by the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus, on the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 199.762 in April 2011 compared to 139.658 in April 2010, recording an increase of 43%.

    An increase of 29,1% was recorded in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom (from 62.742 in April 2010 to 80.998 in April 2011), 74,0% increase from Russia (from 10.910 to 18.987) and 30,8% increase from Germany (from 13.724 to 17.956 this year).

    For the period January April 2011 arrivals of tourists totaled 405.463 compared to 344.664 in the corresponding period of 2010, recording an increase of 17,6%.


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