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Breakaway Turkish Cypriots choose between moderate, hardliner to lead them in peace talks

  • A man waits to vote outside a polling station, during the Turkish Cypriots leadership elections in Nicosia at the Turkish Cypriot north part of the island of Cyprus, Sunday April 26, 2015. Turkish Cypriots are electing a new leader for the breakaway north of Cyprus in an unpredictable contest as talks to reunify the ethnically split island are expected to resume next month. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)

    A man waits to vote outside a polling station, during the Turkish Cypriots leadership elections in Nicosia at the Turkish Cypriot north part of the island of Cyprus, Sunday April 26, 2015. Turkish Cypriots are electing a new leader for the breakaway north of Cyprus in an unpredictable contest as talks to reunify the ethnically split island are expected to resume next month. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish Cypriot leader and leadership candidate Dervis Eroglu receives the ballot and the stamp following his vote in Famagusta coastal city at the Turkish Cypriot breakaway north part of the divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Cyprus - Breakaway Turkish Cypriots are voting for a leader in a runoff that pits moderate independent Mustafa Akinci against hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu. Sunday's poll will determine who Turkish Cypriots will entrust to represent them in talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus. The talks are expected to resume in May. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Turkish Cypriot leader and leadership candidate Dervis Eroglu receives the ballot and the stamp following his vote in Famagusta coastal city at the Turkish Cypriot breakaway north part of the divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Cyprus - Breakaway Turkish Cypriots are voting for a leader in a runoff that pits moderate independent Mustafa Akinci against hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu. Sunday's poll will determine who Turkish Cypriots will entrust to represent them in talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus. The talks are expected to resume in May. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man holds his wallet as he stands next to a  police officer, after voting in the Turkish Cypriots leadership election in Famagusta coastal city at the Turkish Cypriot breakaway north part of the divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Breakaway Turkish Cypriots are voting for a leader in a runoff that pits moderate independent Mustafa Akinci against hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu. Sunday's poll will determine who Turkish Cypriots will entrust to represent them in talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus. The talks are expected to resume in May. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A man holds his wallet as he stands next to a police officer, after voting in the Turkish Cypriots leadership election in Famagusta coastal city at the Turkish Cypriot breakaway north part of the divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Breakaway Turkish Cypriots are voting for a leader in a runoff that pits moderate independent Mustafa Akinci against hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu. Sunday's poll will determine who Turkish Cypriots will entrust to represent them in talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus. The talks are expected to resume in May. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

Breakaway Turkish Cypriots are voting for a leader in a runoff that pits moderate independent Mustafa Akinci against hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu.

Sunday's poll will determine who Turkish Cypriots will entrust to represent them in talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus. The talks are expected to resume in May.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of uniting the island with Greece.

In the tight first round last week, Eroglu edged Akinci by a little over a percentage point after losing much support to his former top adviser Kudret Ozersay whose strong showing defied opinion polls.

Akinci carries momentum into the runoff after clinching the nominal backing of a left-wing party whose own candidate finished third in the first round.