Far-right party, centrist group gain big in Cyprus poll

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The far-right ELAM party and a centrist splinter group have made big gains in Cyprus’ parliamentary election  as a sizeable chunk of supporters appeared to have turned their back on the top three parties amid voter disenchantment with traditional power centers. With nearly 100% of votes counted on Sunday, ELAM garnered 6.77% of the vote – a 3% increase from the previous election – to edge out the socialist EDEK party by the razor-thin margin of around 200 votes. The centrist DIPA – made up of key figures from the center-right DIKO party which has traditionally been the third strongest party – gained 6.1% of the vote.