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Published: Thursday January 2, 2014 MYT 6:55:02 PM
Updated: Thursday January 2, 2014 MYT 6:56:08 PM

Cyprus broadcaster airs ex-leader's message in New Year blunder

Former Cypriot president Demetris Christofias appears at a judicial hearing to testify about the collapse of Cyprus's financial system, in Nicosia August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Yiannis Nisiotis

Former Cypriot president Demetris Christofias appears at a judicial hearing to testify about the collapse of Cyprus's financial system, in Nicosia August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Yiannis Nisiotis

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus's public broadcaster inadvertently broadcast the opening seconds of an old New Year's message from the country's former leader instead of from President Nicos Anastasiades, prompting an embarrassed apology on Thursday.

The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) said it had realised its mistake within seconds of the broadcast going out on the afternoon of December 31 and had halted transmission of the address from former president Demetris Christofias.

The broadcaster is now conducting an internal inquiry into the "very serious" error, CyBC said in a statement carried by the Cyprus News Agency.

Christofias bowed out after Anastasiades won an election in February 2013.

(Writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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