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    Post Brexit, British permanent residents in South Cyprus cannot vote, stand in local elections

    Post-Brexit, British permanent residents in South Cyprus are not allowed to vote and stand in local elections – unlike the case before the country’s divorce from the EU.

    This is what Philenews reported on Friday citing insiders from both South Cyprus Interior Ministry and that of the Foreign Affairs.

    At the request of London, there were initial thoughts for a formula to be found which should see British residents in South Cyprus retain their vote and ability to stand in local/municipal elections.

    The issue was being examined in the context of bilateral relations between the two countries, but one source said this has reached a deadlock.

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    And that the Legal Office of South Cyprus has said that allowing Britons – as non Europeans – to vote and stand in local elections would create a precedent with the island’s Third country residents.

    That is, the road would be paved for Third-country residents in South Cyprus to also vote and stand in local/municipal elections.

    The voting matter is particularly important in Paphos, home to the largest number of the more than 50,000 British permanent residents in South Cyprus.

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