National Unity Party wins Northern Cyprus elections
The preliminary results of the early parliamentary elections in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus showed the victory of the “National Unity” party. The party’s leader, Prime Minister Fayez Socuoglu, announced his intention to start talks to form a coalition government in the country, vowing to “reform the economy first”.
Earlier, the unofficial preliminary results of the early general elections that took place on Sunday showed that the “National Unity” party won 41.59% of the vote. The “Turkish Republican Party” came second with 30.49%, while the Democratic Party came in third place with 8.15%.
Eight parties and 403 candidates, including 3 independents, competed in the elections to enter the 50-seat parliament.
The last parliamentary elections in Turkish Cypriots were held on January 7, 2018.
The previous government headed by Arsan Saner announced its resignation on October 13, due to the problems faced by the three partner parties in the coalition government.
On November 5, the head of the National Unity Party, Fayez Sogooglu, announced the formation of a coalition government with the Democratic Party, pending early elections.
Voters in the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” cast their votes Sunday in early legislative elections, at the end of a campaign dominated by an economic crisis in this country that extends over a third of the territory of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which is recognized only by Ankara.
It is noteworthy that Cyprus has been divided into two parts since the Greek coup and the Turkish military intervention in 1974. The Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the European Union since 2004, however, the laws of the European Union apply only to Greek Cyprus in the southern part of the island.
The internationally recognized Cypriot government exercises its authority only over the southern part of the island inhabited mainly by Greek Cypriots.
The “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”, which was declared unilaterally in 1983 in the northern part of the island, is inhabited by most of the Turkish Cypriots, and is recognized only by Ankara.
In 2004, a referendum was held on a plan presented by the United Nations aimed at reunifying the island. About 65% of the Turkish Cypriots approved this plan, while more than 75% of the Greek Cypriots rejected it.
Negotiations on the settlement of the dispute on the island have been stalled since 2017. In April 2021, an attempt to re-launch talks organized by the United Nations that oversees a buffer zone stretching between the two parts of the island failed.