Debate on Twitter @yiorgoslillikas @NicholasPapadop


By Angelos Anastasiou

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s election victory on Sunday sparked a flurry of discussions on Twitter, with some in the Greek Cypriot political elite going against the grain of renewed hope for a settlement to the decades-long conflict.

As President Nicos Anastasiades and House President Yiannakis Omirou congratulated Akinci on his landslide win, prominent proponents of the “assertive” school of thought – meaning hardliners – Nicolas Papadopoulos, DIKO leader, and Yiorgos Lillikas, head of the Citizens’ Alliance, made a splash not only for their refusal to congratulate the winner, but also through posting openly undiplomatic responses on the issue.

Immediately after Akinci’s win was announced on Sunday night, Papadopoulos tweeted his take on the result, setting the stage for what was to follow…

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