NICOSIA, May 22 (Reuters) - Opposition right-wingers were in the lead in Cyprus’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, with the island’s ruling Communist party second, an exit poll by the state broadcaster showed.
The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation said that based on an 85 percent sample of 6,000 votes the Democratic Rally party was in the lead with between 35 and 37.5 of the vote compared to Communist AKEL, which had between 32 and 34.5 percent of the vote. Polling stations closed at 1530 GMT. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.0 percent.
Cyprus has a presidential system of government. Analysts say the vote is a key gauge for the Communist-led government and its tactics in reunification talks with Turkish Cypriots.
Its offer of rotational presidency with Turkish Cypriots under a weighted voting system has been criticised by most political parties. (Reporting by Michele Kambas, editing by Matthew Jones)