Occupied Cyprus Set for Coalition Government

Photograph: STR/EPA

Talks for a coalition government in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) are set to begin, after the right-wing National Unity party (UBP) won recent parliamentary elections but failed to secure a majority in parliament.

The UBP, led by current Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun, got the most votes, with 35.57 percent, in Sunday’s election, Supreme Election Committee head Narin Sefik said.

It managed to claim 21 seats in the parliament.

The centre-left Republican Turkish Party (CTP) came in with 20.9 percent and 12 seats.

Six of the eight parties running got past the 5 percent threshold needed for representation in parliament.

Turkey, the only country to recognize the self-styled republic and its main financial backer, was quick to congratulate the prime minister, Huseyin Ozgurgun.

Since the last general elections of January 2013, the TRNC has had three coalition governments led by three different prime ministers.


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