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Cyprus ratifies EU treaty

world Updated: Jul 03, 2008 22:50 IST

Cyprus on Thursday ratified the European Union's Lisbon Treaty despite opposition by the eurosceptic communist party of President Demetris Christofias.

A total of 31 MPs out of the 49 present in the 56-seat parliament voted for the treaty, the 17 communist members voted against and there was one abstention.

Thursday's vote came less than a month after Irish voters rejected in a referendum the treaty which is aimed at streamlining EU bureaucracy.