Cypriot presidential election, 1988

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Presidential elections were held in Cyprus on 14 February 1988, with a second round on 21 February.[1] They were the first presidential elections in the country's history to go to a second round,[1] and resulted in a victory for George Vassiliou as an independent candidate supported by AKEL after he finished as the runner-up behind Glafcos Clerides of the Democratic Rally in the first round. Voter turnout was 94.3% in both rounds.[2]


Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
George VassiliouIndependent supported by AKEL100,74830.1167,83451.6
Glafcos CleridesDemocratic Rally111,50433.3157,22848.4
Spyros KyprianouDemocratic Party91,33527.3
Vassos LyssaridesMovement for Social Democracy30,8659.2
Thrasos Georgiadis1870.1
Invalid/blank votes8,14117,928
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. 1 2 Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p438 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p446
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